Chattanooga Moms Blog’s Top Ten Posts of 2016

In March of 2016, the Chattanooga Moms Blog site was launched to connect moms and families throughout the Chattanooga area. We are thrilled to see how much the site has grown and to meet so many lovely moms in the community! We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings, but in the meantime we’re going to share our most popular posts of the year. So sit back with your cup of cocoa {or beverage of choice!} and enjoy some of the must-read posts from 2016!

CMB Top Ten Posts


A Friendly Family Holiday Suggestion A Friendly Holiday Suggestion

“Now. Ask yourself this very important question: “Am I buying this because it is useful and long-lasting? Or am I buying this because it makes me feel good and will make this child excited for a few minutes?

Because if the answer is that you are buying that gift because it makes YOU feel good, we don’t want it.”


I’m Not Raising “Nice” Girls I'm Not Raising Nice Girls

“Our society teaches girls to be “good girls.” Women are supposed to be nice. We’re not supposed to cause conflict. We’re supposed to make ourselves likeable. We’re supposed to be considerate. Good girls aren’t supposed to get angry or be aggressive. And time and time again in my counseling practice, and personal life, I’ve seen this translate into an inability to stick up for ourselves (and in some cases, an inability to even know our true selves).”

 


10 Must-Haves for Baby #2 10 Items for Baby #2

“Gone are the days when you just knew you needed that homemade baby food maker from Williams-Sonoma or the fancy stroller that you didn’t realize weighed 735 lbs. for you unborn offspring. You’re a seasoned parent, now. You know exactly what you’ll need for this new baby. Or do you?”


5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup 5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup

“Ever heard of a menstrual cup? No? I hadn’t either until I was in graduate school and one of my classmates started talking about one. She was involved with the Women’s Center on campus and had only recently found out about eco-friendly feminine hygiene options. I did a little research, decided to try one for myself, and haven’t used any other product since my switch. And that was five years ago.”


The Best Thing to Do If Someone You Know Is Going Through a Divorce The Best Thing To Do If Someone You Know Is Getting a Divorce

“To be honest, I think it scared people. We like to think that we’ve got our lives all planned out, so when someone, like me, who looks perfectly happy on Facebook and Instagram, leaves her husband, she goes against the rules. If someone can change their mind…if someone decides they don’t want to be married anymore…does that mean it could happen to you?”


Hey World I’m Having a Third Boy, and It’s FINE Hey World, I’m Having a Third Boy and It’s FINE

“Why is this a thing? Why do we as a society apparently believe that a family is somehow incomplete or inferior if its children don’t represent both genders? Why do we act as though the child’s parents have literally any ounce of control over the sex of their baby and are therefore to blame if this perfect gender parity doesn’t work out?”


Empty Pockets, Full Hearts Empty-pockets-full-hearts

“Of course it all depends on your definition of the word “poor.” I sat down to think about all of the things we DO have, and it turns out we’re not poor at all.”

 

 


Life with Pelvic Organ Prolapse Life with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

“What’s ‘pelvic organ prolapse,’ you say? Well, I was in your shoes just over a year ago. I had never really heard the term before, and I certainly didn’t know it could reference a woman who had just given birth.”

 

 


I Didn’t Report It I Didn't Report It

“I was sexually assaulted in my early twenties. I never reported it. In fact, there are few people in my life who know about it at all. I never told my parents, my brothers or anyone else in my family. It wasn’t a conscious decision to keep it a secret, it simply seemed like the path of least resistance at the time. Many years removed, I can identify a myriad of reasons I kept silent about it.

I think I owe myself an apology. And one day, I owe my sons an explanation.”


Please, Don’t Believe the Lies of Postpartum Depression Please, Don't Believe the lies of postpartum depression

“I know the lies that depression tells. I have had the thoughts that my kids would be better off without me. But with experience, I can recognize that IT IS A LIE.

I am scared for those with PPD who have never encountered depression before. Who might not realize what’s going on and that their heads are feeding them lies.”


Other great reads for you on this holiday break!

My Yes Year: Learning to Let Go of No

The Struggles of Motherhood and Friendship

The Full Plate Club: Time Management Tips for Busy Moms 

I Have No Idea What I’m Doing 

Two Packing Tips for a Better Family Vacation

Daddy Is Not the Babysitter

Why Not Say ‘Yes’!

Losing My Mom (And Gaining a Grandmother)

The Girl Who Loves Football

“Any Day Now, HUH?”

We hope you have a great end of the year and see you in 2017!

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