"Best of the Blogs" is HLNtv.com's home for some of the very best recent parenting blog posts. It's also a chance to spotlight the great work being done by these talented folks who somehow find the time to not only raise children, but also write (quite well) about it, too. Seen a great post? Tell @JonFromHLN!
'A Single-Mama Promise To My Son'
How many moms and dads, weary from sacrificing kiddie time for work time, have found themselves asking to nobody in particular, "Just turn the world off for a few minutes, alright?" Well, Jessica Ashley (kind of) did just that, slamming the brakes on her stress and worries for a few months to build some fantastic memories with her son:
"My son went to theatre day camp and I wrote and wrote and wrote during those hours. But when, I wondered, would I have the chance again to pick him up after camp, head to the beach, play in the sand and run through the lake until suppertime?
When would I have such a golden opportunity to spend this time this way?
That’s when I shut the door on the worry about money and full-time employment and adding to my 401(K). That’s when I realized that sometimes the most responsible thing is to just be there, whether that’s mentally or emotionally or physically present. I got a ticket to all three. I took it." Continue reading at Babble.
Dads sing 'Part of Your World' from 'The Little Mermaid'
A burly firefighter's falsetto. A manly Marine... singing of mermaids? As the opening slate of this sweet, surprising Life of Dad video says, "No matter who you are, becoming a dad changes everything."
'10 female game characters I'm not ashamed to show my daughter'
Because large-chested, occasionally clothed maidens in distress (or toting impossibly oversized machine guns) don't make the best role models, one dad decided to find some female video game characters who do. Video game columnist and dad Chad Sapieha surveyed the gaming landscape and uncovered several, including a redeemed Lara Croft.
"Now I find myself holding female game characters to a higher standard. I want them to embody the ideals of confidence, independence, and strength of character that I’ve tried to instill in my daughter.
She may never be interested in the games I like. All the same, I don’t want to be ashamed when she walks in the room and sees me playing a game starring sexualized, subservient female characters who exhibit none of the traits I’ve told her are crucial to being a self-assured woman."
The good news is that I think the medium is turning a corner." Continue reading and view Chad's list at Financial Post.
"Balancing Work and Motherhood"
Well, look at this. It's a Laurie Berkner song that's not written for your kids. Moms and dads around the country are familiar with the talented children's musician, but here she swaps out lyrics about dinosaurs and rocketships for something much more personal -- and familiar to conflicted working parents everywhere:
"All my years of therapy
And yet I still cling
To the guilt I feel when I'm not there.
It's such a cliché but I find myself thinking,
"I wish I'd been born as a pair...
So I stay up too late
Doing work, sending email
I'm addicted to "just one more thing..."
I haven't yet found
A different way, a better way
Or just a way
To fit everything in." Read the song's full lyrics at Huffington Post.