A big welcome to our 24th week of #SharingtheBlogLove and our weekly Blogger Showcase!
If you’re new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura’s favourite posts from last week’s linky. As part of the linky we’d like you to choose one post from each showcase post to head over and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love.
I have a fairly relaxed approach to gender specific toys – Max loves his toy trains and cars, but is also a huge fan of his tea set and play kitchen. I’m happy for him to play with whatever takes his fancy, but I do think it’s important that our children have the chance to play with a variety of toys, not just those that society traditionally thinks are for girls or boys. I loved Let Toys be Toys, a list of non gender specific toys – if you’re stuck for Christmas ideas for any children in your family, this has some wonderful gift ideas to choose from!
I’m not a fan of winter – I’m just not made for the cold weather! So to get me through it, I love bucket lists from all the winter lovers out there – it inspires me to find activities that I can enjoy, despite the cold weather! Kirsty’s Christmasy bucket list had me nodding along and adding items to my own list – sometimes you need a bit of inspiration to get out there and enjoy things! Gingerbread lattes, winter cocktails, Christmas crafts, Christmas baking – there’s so much to enjoy about this time of year (cold weather aside!)
When it comes to parenting, I truly believe that Dads are just as capable as Mums. So often we utter the phrase ‘mother knows best’, but I do think that parental instinct comes from knowing your baby on a level that no-one else will, and that’s not something that’s necessarily exclusive to Mums. I loved Dave’s post, Parental Instinct, which outlines clearly that Dad’s often feel exactly the same as new mums – excited, overwhelmed, and often pretty scared. I do think that society is changing slowly and beginning to recognise that Dads are equally capable, but there is still a sense of ‘mum knows best’, which is not only demeaning to involved Dads, but puts pressure on Mums to ‘do it all’. Do head over and have a read!
How did you find writing your About Me page? If you’re anything like me, it would have been a real struggle! I found Lucy’s post, Who do you think you are, really thought provoking – it’s a challenge to write about yourself without mentioning your partner / children. A challenge to women defining themselves by their relationships with others and encouraging them to express their own likes / dislikes / interests / passions. Now my About Me page is heavily centred around my family, and I do think that’s natural – they’re a huge part of my life and the things I value above everything else. But why is it that once those factors are removed it’s so difficult to find other things to talk about? Often the little things that we dismiss are the things that give someone that extra special insight into you. What do you think – could you do this easily or would you struggle?
Did you catch any of these last week? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!