The top mom bloggers — they make us laugh, they make us cry, and most importantly, they make us feel like we've got allies in this wonderfully weird world of parenting. Our Top 100 list is an annual salute to those who are brave enough to air their best and worst parenting moments, and includes blogosphere staples as well as newcomers. At Babble, we believe that all parents are in the business of raising the next generation together. We've brought people into the world who need us very deeply. And despite the "mommy wars" that hogged headlines this year, we need each other; we need to feel connected to those who are in the trenches with us. Here are the top 100 moms — narrowed down with the help of our esteemed panelists — who remind us that we're not alone. We realize this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the talent, humor, and kindness displayed daily in the blogosphere, and the way things are going, the talent pool of moms is only going to get bigger from here. So if you feel we missed a mom blog you love, please nominate it for consideration on next year’s list. We want this list to reflect your opinions just as much as ours — Christina Couch
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Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids
Skenazy has been called “America’s Worst Mom,” but that’s not stopping this mother of two from being the Internet’s foremost advocate of raising self-reliant kids. Oftentimes that means giving them a large helping of independence — like the time Skenazy sent her then-9-year-old for a solo subway ride — and trusting that they’re going to be safe. Since starting her blog, Skenazy’s philosophy has developed into a full-fledged Free-Range Kids movement, including a book, TV show, and a place for anti-helicopter parents to sound off about overly protective policy, like no running at recess rules and one school’s plan to fingerprint classroom volunteers.
Her three favorite posts:
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK: Mom Jailed for Allowing Kids to Play Down The Street, Unsupervised
No Liquid Soap Allowed in Pre-School Bathroom (Children Might Drink It!)
How a Mother Can Make or Break Their College Student” Oh Really