Here at Mommy Poppins Boston, we are always on a journey to find more wonderful ideas for family fun in Boston to share with you. Along the way, we often bump into great parent blogs. As we reflect on the roads we traveled last year, and look for new ways to spend meaningful time with our kids this year, we consider the blogs written by local moms and dads that inform us, help us to feel connected, change the way we see parenthood, or just make us laugh. So, (drum roll, please), here are our 13 favorite new (or new to us) parent blogs in 2013, covering everything from autism to umami, parenting in Boston on a budget to LGBT parenting adventures.
We’re always on the lookout for free and inexpensive family fun in Boston, and this blog consistently delivers great ideas.
We dig the name “Honest Mom” and we love this local mom's candid posts on raising kids and dealing with depression. What we love most, though, is her parenting humor. We’ve been caught laughing out loud at odd (and sometimes inappropriate) times when reading her one-liners and comical posts.
Mark McNulty is a newbie SAHM dad in Southeastern Mass, a teacher by trade, and a children’s book author. In his new blog, he offers tips, tricks and tales for fathers wanting to connect with their kids in a meaningful way. Just like Mommy Poppins Boston has “Mommy” in the title but is also for dads, grandparents, and all caregivers of children, The New American Dad is for moms and families of all kinds, too.
When we read Boston mom Alexandra Elizabeth's blog, we can't help getting worked up (in a good way) about motherhood. Her passion for parenting is infectious, and her adoration for her daughter is inspiring. Her blog is also a must-read for single parents navigating the turbulent waters of co-parenting.
We were so taken with Kristin Quinn’s humorous style and candor in her blog, Misadventures in Mommyhood (MIM), we brought her on board as a writer for Mommy Poppins Boston
. She’s still going strong with MIM and we always look forward to her pithy MIM Facebook posts. In fact, her Facebook page is up for an award from Parents Magazine!
Mia Wenjen is a pragmatist, a Harvard grad, and mother of three. In her blog, which she says "is born from lemons squeezed painfully into lemonade", she writes expertly on parenting, children's literature and education. We’re always interested in her multicultural kid lit picks and great ideas for enriching our children’s learning experiences.
Mommy Poppins Boston and AMC’s Kids Outdoors started a partnership this year, and we’re thrilled. We often look back at AMC’s guest posts on our site for great outdoorsy ideas, and we’ve also become big fans of Kids Outdoors Boston, where we visit when we’re looking for an outdoor adventure with our kids (which is pretty often).
Jessica Severson writes about all aspects of parenting, including the messy ones. We don't mind her mess at all; it makes us feel right at home. She talks about parenting a child with autism, co-parenting, and her favorite books. She gives advice to new moms and is a great resource for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.
South Shore Mamas is the go to source for family-friendly happenings and fun stuff on the South Shore. Founder and Editor Kara Garrity focuses on local events and activities, seasonal crafts, recipes, discounts, party planning, and product reviews to help parents in Southeastern Mass keep their families entertained. We especially like that her blog highlights local businesses and supports the community.
Lindsey Mead’s beautiful (even poetic) reflections on mindful parenting give us pause. We’re particularly drawn to the annual birthday letters to her daughter
. We also love the gorgeous photos on her blog, especially the ones with our favorite Boston area landmarks in the background.
A personal blog from one of the founders of the new local restaurant review site, KidNosh
, umommy is a fun and useful resource for fellow parents on a quest to raise adventurous eaters. Highlights of the blog: Recipes, ideas for engaging kids in food prep and planning, restaurant reviews, gift ideas for foodies – even ways to make a difference in the community as a family.
When we first saw Wonder Baby and learned creator Amber Bobnar’s family story, we knew we had to feature her as one of our Poppins Parents
. Since then we’ve returned to Wonder Baby, a project of Perkins School for the Blind, again and again. The content always reflects Amber’s goal is to create a safe and positive environment for parents of children with multiple disabilities.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration to get outdoors with your kids, good hiking spots in the area, fun outdoor adventure stories, or LGBT parenting tips, Adventurous Moms has it all.
Got a favorite Boston blog you think we should read in 2014? Add a comment!