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
Called a judgment-free vent zone, Christie Mellor’s The Three-Martini Complaint Department spilled from the success of her first book, The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting. In addition to the stress-reducing laughs, The Three-Martini Complaint Department is also good for significant insights about helping our children grow into likeable, capable adults. Mellor was way ahead of “Mad Men” fanatics who claim there were some things that the late fifties/early sixties generation that parents got right. Her key pointer taken from days of yore is not, as many misinterpret, to soak your parenting woes in gin, but to cultivate your own life and to maintain limits for your children. Quoted in the New York Times, Mellor said the drinking “was meant to be a metaphor for having more fun in your life, and having a grown-up life.” The media pounced on Mellor’s role as an instigator of the reintroduction of martini shakers (read alcohol) into playdates, but anyone who reads The Complaint Department will know she’s much more than that – and that by now it’s well-beyond the point.