Welcome back to my Newbie Round-up. I genuinely love bringing you this showcase of amazing writing talent from our newbie bloggers each month. It is such a joy to read their posts and be able to champion them here for BritMums.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. (E.L. Doctorow)
A well written piece of writing that brings me to tears is one of my favourite things to read. Yes, I adore writing that makes me laugh, but to fully connect with the words someone else has written, as if they could be talking about your life or someone close to you, is truly special.
This month, I decided to focus on posts that made me feel something. Well-crafted pieces that made me think, reflect and, in some cases, brought tears to my eyes.
We have all been on the receiving end of a dirty look or a nasty comment from a stranger when our children are acting up. The Ridiculous Mrs H gives her response to such a comment in Why hello, Miss Judgey Pants. Meet my tantruming 2 year old. Such a fabulous post, with stacks of feeling and humour too. I wish everyone who has ever judged a parent could read this post.
Sticking with the ‘being judged’ theme, Coffee and Tantrums shared Why My Skin Doesn’t Affect My Parenting in which she addresses the judgement she experiences being a tattooed mummy. Surely, skin colour, decoration or any other physical factor doesn’t affect a mother’s love or their ability to do the very best for their children. I wish we could support each other, not tear each other down.
Karen from Mini Travellers reflected in Time to run; a lovely post with some gorgeous pictures that gives us all a reminder to be thankful for the small things in our lives, as for some, these would be big things.
We are so lucky in blogging to have many rising stars and Agent Spitback in one such blogger. In A bullshit fairy tale for all mothers she shows her skill to turn a blog post into something akin to short story, while make a hugely important point. Such a skilful and brilliant writer. It seems hard to believe that she is a ‘newbie’.
Sometimes as new mothers, we give ourselves a hard time. There is the constant worry, the guilt (which some of us still feel) and the pressure from various sources. Laura from Life With Baby Kicks gave us a glimpse into her parenting now after child number two in An open letter to my second child. I wish we would all be this relaxed with our first child.
A post that seems to have struck a chord with many of you already come from Handful of Halfpennys, Dear Mum of young kids who doesn’t want to have sex. A well written, to the point post about relationships after children. I believe this post has gone viral and I can see why.
In my introduction I mentioned writing that brings me to tears and I had tears in my eyes reading I don’t know how you do it by Rainbows are Beautiful. The tears glistened in my eyes as I read about a mother taking her child to the operating theatre and watching him fall asleep under anaesthetic, such a traumatic experience, but one which parents go through every day.
Lastly, I wanted to share a post from Mummy in a Tutu. Please don’t take my baby tells the story of a mum having to come to terms with her ex partner having access to their daughter. I cannot imagine how difficult that situation must be and really appreciate her sharing her story with us all.
I would love it if you would go and visit these great bloggers and, hopefully, add some of them to your favourites list. I am already planning my March post and I am looking forward to coming back then to share more bloggers with you all.