Well, not exactly awesome, it seems. Once again, there has been a lot in the world of Westminster that has been making you grumble.
Mother Wife Me, Dadda Cool and In A Different Voice all had plenty to say about the budget and its impact on families – all three posts very much worth a read if you want to know about some of the specific changes that may affect you. If you’re not looking for that level of detail but you still just want to nod your head along in agreement with someone else who thinks that austerity is a bit rubbish, then this post from Ellen at In A Bun Dance may be more your thing.
Giving a slightly different take on money matters is Chicken Ruby, who defends her husband’s right to a bonus.
As you’d expect among parent bloggers, there has been plenty of discussion about childcare and educational matters this month. Christine at Thinly Spread puts across her view on the Year One phonics test (she’s got her stern teacher face on as well as her friendly Mummy face, so please do go and read it…or else!). Another very helpful post is this one from More than a Mum about schools becoming academies, and what that means for your children. (As a Scot who has recently moved to England I had NO IDEA about any of this, so found it hugely helpful). Finally, Bizzy Mum shared an open letter to David Cameron about childminders on her blog, and then also posted the response that she received from him.
It has been really nice this month to see that as well as a lot of blogger grumbles about the goings-on in the world, there has been a lot of blogger activism too. A lot of it focused on International Women’s Day. I did a (slightly rudey) post myself about the Save the Children’s IWD campaign, and I also really enjoyed this post from Muddling Along Mummy about why there is still a need for feminism, but my favourite IWD action came from a group of Edinburgh Women who turned themselves into statues for the day. Check out the photos and the explanation here.
While we’re on the subject of activism – armchair or otherwise – can I urge you to check out this post from Kate on Thin Ice about One Mums Making A Difference.
I’ll leave you this month with three disparate but absolute must-read posts.
To know how it feels to live in a place where there is no free health service to rely on, read this post from Kate Takes 5.
To understand why we still need Awareness Raising Days and campaigns, check out this beautifully written post from Aspie in the Family.
And as a reminder of why we all need to stay politically engaged, read this short but very powerful post from Him Up North.
I hope that one or two of those posts may inspire you to tackle a political subject – big or small – on your own blog over the next month. If you do, please drop me a note and I’ll try to include it in next month’s round-up.
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