A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove 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 (one from mine and one from Laura’s) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It’s always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they’ve had from you guys!
Chessington World of Adventures is lovely and near me, but despite having a Merlin Pass, we’ve not managed to visit yet this year. I loved hearing about Hayley’s Day out at Chessington with her family, exploring the new Gruffalo ride, and finding the best ways to beat the queues. Queuing at theme parks has suddenly become a massive issue for me, as Max has decided that if a queue is more than 5-10 minutes, it’s just not worth it, however good the ride at the end of it might be! But I’m determined to experience the Gruffalo ride – it’s on our list for this summer!
I love how so often blogging can be like a therapy – you start writing a post with a question and work through it, coming to your conclusions along the way. I loved Jaki’s post, Am I less of a mum as a mum to one?, which did exactly that. I think so often we can pit ourselves against each other as mothers in a competition of who has it harder, when it’s so much healthier to channel those thoughts in a positive way and look and appreciate your own family for who they are.
Continuing on the only child theme, I thought Ode to an Only Child Syndrome from Emma was a really interesting read. The stereotype of only children is that they are shy and often struggle with social skills, but, like Emma, the only children I’ve known have not fit that stereotype at all. With so many more only children these days, I think it’s inevitable that those outdated stereotypes will cease to exist. I do think that as long as you provide only children with the opportunities to socialise with peers and build relationships, then they’ll thrive and develop just like any other child. So many of the most successful people I’ve known have been only children – I think it gives you a drive and confidence to carve out your own path in life.
I often think that it takes something big in life to give you the motivation to undertake those big life changes that really turn your world upside down. Without that, it’s often difficult to find the courage or the motivation. I love reading about Andrea and Paul’s inspiring story – when their youngest son was diagnosed with a tumour, after treatment they decided to leave their lives in the UK to head to Spain for a completely different approach to life. But even with the change of lifestyle, I can imagine that that worry never quite goes away, that something in the back of your mind is always on edge. Do go and have a read of Living on the Edge – it’s a great read.
Did you catch any of these last time? If not, please head over and give them a read and a comment!