I really enjoy my hobbies and one of them is blogging. Why? I believe it improves my relationship with my children and it also improves who I am as a person. Now that's a good hobby!
How does sitting at your computer for hours improve your relationship with your kids? It’s all about timing. I usually do my blogging during nap time (theirs of course) and during Dora the Explorer and at night when hubby is hanging out with the kids so that it doesn't take away quality time with my little munchkins.
But its not the simple act of blogging that improves the child to mother relationship; it is what I get from it.
I have a 'real life' blog; on a daily basis, I talk about what occurs in my home. I post pictures of my kids and share frustrations and joys. What I enjoy so much is the feedback. Once I posted how difficult potty training is in our house. The response from fellow mommies sharing what did and did not work was priceless!!
There is no greater guide than a mother who has been there, done that!
Blogging opened up my eyes to different parenting styles. I read about moms who home school, work from home, work full time and what they do on a day to day basis. I learn about their trials and tribulations and from the mistakes they make. I see this as a solidifying and uniting act of mommy hood.
One of the best 'side effects' from hosting a public blog is that I have to express myself. (There isn't a huge need for that when you are at home with kids under 3 years of age)
I have to actively seek God's grace and His patience. I have to edit my thoughts and more clearly define my opinions. Anything that allows you to become better acquainted with you is a good thing!
I have always been very vocal about what I believe; having to put my thoughts into words that other people will want to read is a different matter. My thoughts become more composed as my words do. It is like” Blogging is to my brain is what spell check is to Microsoft Word.”
My blog world provides the mentorship I need. Not only do other women often hold me to the 'Proverb 31' standards but I am also accountable to God in all that I write and display.
And this next part blew my socks off… having a public blog has made me a better Christian. Now that everyone is fully aware of my belief and my love for Jesus Christ, I am answerable. When you know what I stand for, I had better be practicing and living what I preach.
I am exposed to so many people and their beliefs, from the folks who have a fire lit under their hearts for service to Christ, to the self proclaimed 'casual' Christian and the non believer who enjoys the occasional mommy blog. I have seen evil at work through the written word and I have seen the Lord administer miracles. And all of these are shaping the kind of Christian that I am. I have read about the kind of wife, mother, sister, and daughter that I want to be, and how these wonderful women have implemented the Bible into what they do and who they are.
Another wonderful 'side effect' from blogging is sharing images of my children with family and friends. They see pictures of the kids and read about daily experiences. This is such a valuable form of communication to me, and I'm sure to them as well.
Could you say the same things about the Internet in general? You could; for me blogging is more personal and requires far more creativity from me! When blogging, I use my brain!
As a stay at home mom, I look for healthy and educational ways to entertain my children. In my desire to connect with mothers I have come across wonderful and entertaining ideas! I also learn about preparing healthy meals, what doctors are the best in my area, what play areas are the cleanest and offer the most amenities, and (generally speaking) what a toddler likes to do! I can't even tell you how many toys I purchased that said 3+ when my baby was 18 months old.
*Smack head here*
As a naïve new mom, I assumed my child would love it and be brilliant! Instead, my child was sitting there staring at me like I had just asked him to recite the Constitution. Now, I know, an old sock can go a long way in entertaining a baby!
Through blogging I get great feedback on what I am doing, I see and read what other moms are doing and 9 times out of 10, I learn something new everyday.
I am grateful that blogging has kept me in touch and informed. I recommend it highly for everyone!