You might not have time to read the newspaper while sipping your morning coffee—if you even have time for a morning coffee—but you probably have a few minutes to skim an article or two. That’s the logic behind parenting blogs, at least. They contain short, engaging posts that provide bite-sized pieces of wisdom you can consume at your leisure.
What can you learn from some of the most popular parenting blogs out there? Read on to find out!
1. How to Boost Your Children’s Confidence
On JigsawParenting.com, Emma White writes about her six children and how all but one of them are comfortable with public speaking. Though there’s nothing wrong with having a fear of public speaking—indeed, many adults will admit they have one—children who are comfortable speaking in front of crowds tend to be more confident and successful later in life.
In this particular post, titled “Embodied Minds Helps Build Your Child’s Confidence,” White discusses two licensed therapists who started a company that runs public speaking groups for kids. It’s never too early—nor too late!—to introduce your children to public speaking. With a program like Embodied Minds, kids can boost their self-esteem while improving their interpersonal skills.
2. How to Talk to Your Children About the Tough Stuff
It’s no secret that kids like to ask questions. A lot of questions. And most parents will admit they don’t always have the answers, but they try their best. Whatever your stance on gay marriage, you would probably agree that sexuality is a tough topic to tackle.
John Kinnear, who runs AskYourDadBlog.com, claims that it doesn’t have to be, though (at least not some parts of it). For example, if your child asks why two men or two women are getting married, a simple “because they love each other” may suffice. (Of course, if your kids are the type to follow up with 19 other questions, it may not. But it’s a start.)
3. How to Save for College
Saving for college is the largest expenditure you will likely have when it comes to raising kids. Considering the fact that tuition is rising faster than inflation, saving can be a daunting task. AMomsTake.com offers some great tips and tricks for parents whose saving accounts could use a little boost. It covers everything from scholarships and employer programs to 529 accounts. You can research each option more thoroughly on your own, but this particular post offers a great place to start, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
4. How to Start Your Own Parenting Blog
Think you have what it takes to run your own blog? It’s a lot more work than it looks, but it’s also incredibly rewarding, especially if you find a niche you really love. OhSoAmelia.com has some great tips for busy mums who want to try their hand in the blogosphere, including how to pick a great name and why photos are so important.
There’s a lot of information on the Internet, but you need a good filter to find it. Luckily, the growing popularity of blogs mean you can typically find what you want all in one place. A quick Google search is all it takes to yield some witty, fresh content. Happy reading!