In this day and age, we have become a world obsessed with following the lives and experiences of others, and more parenting, lifestyle, exercise and beauty blogs pop up each and every day. So why are we so eager to delve into how others live their day to day lives?
There are a number of different reasons why I personally read and follow certain bloggers, however the main one is simply that it makes me feel normal. It's nice and comforting to know that there are other women and mums out there going through the same everyday problems and having the same thoughts and emotions as myself.
Here are three of my favourite 'Mummy Bloggers' who make me feel better about myself on a regular basis just by simply sharing their lives with the world.
1. Mel Watts - "The Modern Mumma" This is a blog that I have only recently begun to follow and indeed obsess over. Mel says that the main reason she began writing as 'The Modern Mumma' was after growing tired of reading endless parenting books, articles and websites that only advertised the positive sides of being a parent. Whereas her musings, she says, show "the perfect, the good, the bad & the extremely ugly side of parenting in a honest & open blog."
Image courtesy of The Modern Mumma Facebook Page
Mother to three children and currently expecting her fourth, 'The Modern Mumma' is based in Central Coast, NSW and since starting her blog, has gathered quite the following (which of course always comes with its fair share of controversies and online negativity.) Her blog is open, honest and there will be more than one occasion where you will find yourself having an "it's as though she's reading my mind" moment.
Our sister site Central Mums recently interviewed Mel which you can read here.
2. Sophie Cachia - "The Young Mummy" Out of all of the parenting bloggers I follow, I feel like I can relate the most to Sophie Cachia. I too had my first child at a younger age and because of this also felt the pressure and judgement that society tends to cast on younger mothers. Her tag line "Sophie Cachia; boobs, pubes and all." pretty much sums up her blog as a whole-brutally honest and in your face with no subject too personal.
Image courtesy of The Young Mummy Facebook Page
Sophie is mummy to 2 year old Bobby and documents her life on a daily basis, including articles and posts on her pregnancy and the upcoming arrival of her second child, her business ventures and interstate relocation but most of all you'll get to see how genuinely honest, outspoken and hilarious she is when it comes to voicing her opinions and sharing her world with others. Definitely one of my must follows!
3. Maria Foy - "Happy Mum Happy Child" I actually can't remember how I got around to following the "Happy Mum Happy Child" blog, most likely after seeing a shared post, but I'm so glad I did. Maria Foy is based in Auckland, New Zealand and started her blog in 2014 by documenting activities her and her children would do together and it has simply grown from there. Not only does she offer insight into her life by posting on a regular basis, but her website is jam packed with useful parenting articles, activity and craft ideas and heaps of recipes for readers to try at home.
Image courtesy of Happy Mum Happy Child Facebook Page
Maria is also not afraid to address controversial topics, is happy to voice her honest opinion when it comes to day to day living as parent and is more than open about the struggles and difficulties we all face not only as women but as mothers. A hilarious read that will have you laughing, crying and nodding your head in total agreement.
As well as following the above three blogs, I'm an absolute sucker for a good parenting website. If I ever need any advice or information when it comes to parenting then I will always jump online (so 2017 of me I know) and head to one of the following websites:
scarymommy.com Coincidently Scary Mommy was actually started in 2008 as an online blogging website by Jill Smockler and has since been followed by millions. The website is now run by a team of editors yet the values are still the same- "Parenting doesn't have to be perfect."
essentialbaby.com.au A brilliant all rounder website for whatever questions you may have regarding parenting, motherhood and children.
mamamia.com.au A womens site which focuses on all things female also including up to date news and entertainment articles.
babycenter.com.au I couldn't even tell you the amount of times I have visited this website since becoming a parent, the smallest question or concern and I'm straight on there for the answers.
And if you want to join an online mums discussion group that is local for you, take a look at the following: