BABBLE BEST - MOMMY BLOGGERS
Mommy bloggers make a difference. Sometimes it's their confessional tone that helps you feel like you're not the only one, sometimes their simple honesty puts you at ease, and sometimes they're so funny, you almost snarf your protein shake. There are the bloggers we relate to and there are others we watch like a train wreck, but no matter where we're coming from, we're all part of the same overwhelming, magical situation.
That's why we're dedicating the inaugural Babble Top 50 list to those who know best: moms. Babble staff and contributors compiled our top mommy-blogger picks based on the following criteria: most controversial, funniest, most confessional, best design, most useful and best written (though we left off Babble's own mommy bloggers because, as with our own kids, we couldn't possibly pick a favorite). These are our picks, but we're sure you'll have something to say on the matter, too.
- The Babble Editors
New York City mom Lenore Skenazy didn’t just come up with a clever name for her blog; she’s coined a whole new parenting philosophy: free range kids. After the media pounced on Skenazy for sending her nine-year-old on the subway (some called her “America ‘s Worst Mom“), she came back swinging as a strong voice against the hysteria of tracking our kids’ every move. We’re giving her blog high marks for starting a fresh conversation amidst otherwise stale parenting controversies.
In her words, “Children, like chickens, deserve a life outside the cage.” Skenazy’s sarcastic tone and loosen-up approach will put some readers off, but for others, it’s the dose of reality they need to come back from the edge of lunatic attachment parenting. Skenazy and her followers have kept the conversation going by continually refreshing tips on raising free rangers.
Read Lenore Skenazy’s favorite blog posts of 2009 and why she loved them:
“One of the big Free-Range Kids issues is how to deal with other parents – and POLICE – who think you’re being negligent if you believe your kids are safe playing outside on their own. This post generated a lot of heat and some great ideas.”
“Is it wrong to let your kids wait in the car while you run an errand? Unless it’s a million degrees and a longish time, no. Kids are not in imminent danger of being snatched – though this was hotly debated.”
“We have reached such a level of predator hysteria in America that it’s getting to the point where ANY adult is considered a potential pedophile – including a mom attending her kindergartener’s Christmas party at school.”