Now here’s a good Mom.
Why? Because I find them absolutely hilarious. I don’t even have to read the damned things, I just like reading the descriptions. I suppose it’s a little like the opposite of subscribing to Playboy Magazine for the articles.
I was surfing around looking for blogs to see what was out there. (Sometimes I do stuff like that…) And I keep bumping into them. There are even websites entirely devoted to listing them which makes it even funnier. Why do they bother me?
Kim’s just showing Petie a little affection and attention. This isn’t “Mommy-ville.”
Well, for one, they seem to take themselves so seriously. Even when they say they aren’t serious, you just feel that they just know that their family is unique. It probably is, but come on… Things haven’t changed that much since I was a kid. Not all of these blogs are lousy. They just raise having a child to this major “Helicopter-Parent” level that turns what could be a very civil conversation into a discussion about sippy-cups and bowel movements.
I get it. I remember when I used to talk about my birds all of the time. Now, you have to drag me over flaming coals to get me to talk about them if I’m not at a bird event. I have birds. You have kids. We both blog. I’ve never really entertained the thought that having birds meant everything they did was necessarily “entertaining.” As it is, even writing this blog, this is not a chronicle about every move Parker makes or every word Nyla says. I find them interesting, but I accept the fact that not everyone else does.
My Mother really didn’t have a whole lot to say about making hot chocolate for me when I was a kid except to get out from under her feet while she did it. I doubt my parents had much of a philosophy about “Parenting” other than, (I can surmise) “Keep the kid so busy she won’t have time to get in trouble.” And if that was their philosophy, then they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. And I don’t ever remember the word “Parenting” ever used when I was a child. It wasn’t a skill. It was what you were. Either you were a Parent or you weren’t.
“Parenting” an orphaned Red River Hog at the Cincinnati Zoo. His primary caregiver? A cat.
Some similarities in many of these blogs is that the they describe themselves as “Living, Laughing and Loving.” Please notice the heavy use of Exclamation Marks. (!)
This is my journey as a former Elementary school teacher turned Stay at Home Mom – Learning, Laughing, and Loving Life with my 4 boys!
Oh, and many of them are Losing their minds, or they use words like crazy busy, or they’re saving their sanity:
Full time teacher and mother of two babies 17 months apart. I’ve lost my mind.
Not a kid. Parker is a bird. But he’s a member of the family.
I’ve also noticed another similarity: They are Just… this. And Just…that.
Just a wannabe trying to find balance among the constant chaos of motherhood.
Just a SAHM mommy blogging about anything and everything! From Jesus to curtains, glue sticks to Doctor Who-I write about it all!
Just a blogging, cloth diapering mom trying to be a little greener everyday.
Just my random thoughts and pictures of life with two biological kids and two kids adopted from Ethiopia.
I’ve learned a new term: Momopolize. As in to “Momopolize the conversation with all things having to do with being a Mom.” While I knew that SAHM is a “Stay at home Mom,” I’ve recently learned that a WAHM is a “Work at Home Mom” and a SAHD is a “Stay at Home Dad.” I don’t quite know what a “Lactivist” is, but I can guess it involves breastfeeding. Which reminds me of the Murphy Brown line about breast feeding: “It’s like one day discovering you can get bacon out of your elbow.”
It also appears that some seem to drink a lot of wine:
Mother of one. Wife. Blogger. Reality TV junkie. Muppet lover. Brand whore. Obsessive cleaner. Germaphobe. Lover of clothes. Wearer of heels. Drinker of wine.
High school teacher by day, full-time wife and mama at night (and always). I’m a little bit random, a bit OCD, very Type A, a tad too blunt, and love me some Moscato wine.
A blog inspired by girl talk (during nap time) over a glass of cheap wine.
And life is “Never Dull!
Blog about raising multiples, Our life is never dull raising quadruplets.
Join Us On Our Never-dull Journey As First Time Parents To Twins!
All things being equal, I think Quads trumps Twins.
You want adventure? I’ll give you adventure: Ever been nipped by a pig?
Other popular themes and words used to describe these Mom Blogs: Crunchy, Adventures, Musings, Ramblings, Kiddoes, Kidlets, Journey, Learning, Chaos, Cloth-Diapering and Giveaways.
Well, these are different….
Day to day life of a Pagan Mommy raising her Witchlets.
I excel at momming. And by “excel” I mean I’m totally winging it and so far the baby hasn’t caught on fire. Win.
Germaphobe, lunatic, working mom of two brilliant kidlets who always cough into their elbow nook
Trashy Blog is a comedy blog updated once a week, normally on Fridays when blogger Shay has time to kick back with a beer and trash her skanky little heart out
So is this…
He Screams, He Cries, He Wears A Skirt: Raising A High-intensity Gender-nonconforming Kid.
I guess what chafes my keester is this very serious level of absorption over the minute details of a child’s life. Apparently a half-filled baby book doesn’t cut it anymore. You need to blog to show your kids you care. Problem is, unless you are one hell of a writer, most other people don’t give a damn. They’re too busy raising their own kids.
The original Mommy Blogger didn’t even know the meaning of the word. Her name? My hero and role model, Erma Bombeck. Erma “blogged” in a newspaper column twice a week that was syndicated by more newspapers than any other columnist in the country. How many? Oh, about 900. The male syndicated columnists of the country at the time couldn’t believe it, but they certainly saved a place at the bar for her. She broke glass ceilings everywhere. But she never took herself too seriously and she never took her eye off of what was important. And that was raising her kids. She just happened to be extremely good at writing about it.
After what I saw today, I can now take comfort in the fact that perhaps my blog is not so “Non-Mainstream” after all.
March 28, 2013 at 7:41 am
It seems I’ve never come across a Mommy Blog. But then I’ve never been a Mommy. Well, until last September when I was taken over by a tiny pirate bird with an attitude. I don’t blog about him but I should. Nope, I just inundate all my family and friends with pictures and videos on Facebook. Just lazy I guess. I enjoy your blogs, as I enjoyed Erma Bombecks. Keep it up.
March 28, 2013 at 7:55 am
I’m glad I’m not the only person on the entire web that thinks Mommy Blogs are ridiculous. I get it…your kid eats, sleeps, poops, screams, and drives you crazy. So do my Cockatoos and you don’t see me spending hours a day discribing it online for a zero audience.
March 28, 2013 at 7:59 am
I absolutely LOOOOOVE the variety of your blogs! Opening the link to your blog is like opening up Christmas presents…I never know what I’m going to find inside, but I’m never disappointed! And I wisely set my coffee aside to prevent having to clean it off my laptop.
March 28, 2013 at 8:16 am
Some people might say I’m “All over the place.” I like to think that I’m “Varietal.” 🙂
March 28, 2013 at 8:08 am
Try as I might, I still manage to miss stuff on the internet, including this column about those blogs. Yikes.
March 28, 2013 at 9:00 am
Seems lot of these type bloggers are on a “journey” of sorts & invite us all to come along! As in, “Come along with on my journey of weight loss!” Or “Follow my journey into being the best Mummy to little Nigel & Sophie-Anna-Rochelle-Hibiscus!”.
It’s right up there with using the term “musings” when describing what their blogging may or may not actually be about.
March 28, 2013 at 9:03 am
Now that’s funny!
March 28, 2013 at 9:50 am
Yes, Mommy Blogs are a BIG trend right now. Personally I don’t know how they find the time! I have a few that I follow simply because they are about my great nieces and nephews and kids of good friends that live far away. The grandparents love to read them too. Families don’t live across town from one another like they used too. Kids grow up and move away and have families. One of my friends, living in Belgium has a blog, the one in Italy does too. Hard to visit the friends and family who live across the pond, so a blog is a nice way to “visit”. I think it’s nice.
I wish my mom would have kept a diary of sorts, I think it would be fun to read. Her description would of been something like this. Mother of 3, Wife, Car Pool Driver, Activities Director, Cook, Maid, Laundress, LOVER of SCOTCH!!!!!!!!!!!
(note heavy use of exclamation)
March 28, 2013 at 10:19 am
Ahhh — Erma Bombeck! And she wasn’t hip, ironic, post-modern, precious, referential, etc.; she was a riot. [or: She was JUST a living-laughing-loving riot!!!!!!!]
March 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Oh, bless your heart and your determination to keep us amused / informed etc.
I do wish my mother was still alive, sadly my parents died before the internet arrived, she would have been “gob smacked” – very vulgar English expression – by what some people Blog on.
I am still in bed, feeling worse if possible, but my little Grey girl has her food, water, toys, favourite perch, the radio & me all in the same room and is playing with an apple on my bed.
That very shiny black Avian person is very chic.. sweet photo.
Thank you for your Blog and Happy Easter to everyone.
March 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm
LOL your latest ranting about mommy blogs is FRICKIN hilarious! What the heck is a “kidlet” LOL
I’ve tossed around the idea of blogging for a while, years. But I always come back to the “who the heck would care” if I blogged thought.
Some people need to remember that just because you can doesn’t mean you should
March 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm
Sometimes I think I could write a blog about what an idiot I was during what I call the “Mommy Years”………you know, the years where you wear high waisted pants, perm your hair and wear glasses? yep, totally me back then. I actually refer to moms this way………..”oh, yeah, don’t worry about her, she’s in the mommy years” lol
March 29, 2013 at 6:42 am
Sandy, I can truly and honestly say that I have absolutely no idea what you are alluding to! You know the score with me: Parrots: 3 / Kids: 0. Why would anyone do that just because they gave birth to a child? I’m assuming this is sort of the opposite reaction to the women on the show, “Pregnant and in High Heels?”
March 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm
Patricia, By any chance are Erma Bobeck and Dave Berry your parents? Lol, you are so deserving of the same praise they receive for their writings, and then some! I am still laughing! I Thank God that we have you to put humor in our parrot loving lives! xo
March 29, 2013 at 6:43 am
Lorri, I was laughing hysterically at some of the descriptions of these blogs. The best part of it was that they were written by the bloggers themselves!
March 29, 2013 at 2:08 am
You never fail to make me smile as your observations are usually “spot on”. My guess is that these mommy blogs are a result of today’s reality shows. Starting soon now we will be served a new one of these “Life with Latoya”. Everyone seems to want to have their 15 minutes of fame within a certain arena of their lives and it looks like we have the wannabes and the hasbeens.Media and the internet are making sure we do not miss a single thing and they do not care if we do [care that is] I have just learned to take it with a grain of salt.BTW…….the wine slugging mommies even made it to a few talk shows…….one step closer to yet another “REALITY show”;)
March 29, 2013 at 6:47 am
Iraine, if “Life With Latoya” even makes it through one season without making a complete ass of itself, the producers will be lucky. People will probably watch because it might be entertaining-much like a train wreck is.
June 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Lactivist = the PETA of boob feeders.