Parenting is one of the most challenging things you can ever do.
It is a wild journey filled with laughter, tears, tantrums, and too much coffee, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world for most of us. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need all the help we can get, and luckily for us, assistance is available at the click of a button.
With the online world increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives, it is no surprise that there has been an explosion of online parenting platforms. The internet has allowed people from all over the world to share their parenting experiences and provide resources for other parents. This is something I will be forever grateful for.
I have compiled a list of 20 great blog resources for parents and families who need help, advice, or just a quick dinner recipe.
These sites cover a wide range of topics and share different points of view, but all of them provide parents with the ideas and tools to not just survive parenthood but thrive!
1. Scary Mommy
Scary Mommy might be one of the most well-known and well-loved blogs about parenting.
They have something for everyone and can be a go-to for everything from pregnancy tips to gift guides. The articles cover a diverse range of topics in the parenting sphere, including issues like divorce, single-parenting, and adoption.
Families and motherhood can look so different in today’s world, so having a blog that covers topics relevant to a diverse range of families is so important. But we don’t always turn to blogs for information. We also turn to them for escapism. And that is where Scary Mommy gets it right.
They have a confession page where people can anonymously leave confessions for others to read. I mean, who doesn’t love a dirty secret?
2. Nurture And Thrive
Nurture and Thrive is a blog written by developmental psychologist Ashley Soderlund and will fill your parenting cup.
She believes that the research about how children develop doesn’t get to the parents who need the information, so she tries to share that knowledge in an easy-to-understand way.
The articles on the blog fall into five main categories:
3) Mindful parenting
4) Emotions and regulation
5) Your child’s inner world
In a world of overwhelm, anxiety, and pressure, this blog will give you the tools you need to not only help your child deal with their emotions but help you work through yours.
If you want organic, non-toxic products for your family, then Mamavation is the blog for you.
Mamavation makes living a cleaner life easy and convenient. They have done the hard work for you by researching products, their ingredients and letting you know which ones to stay away from.
Not only will you get the low-down on your favorite products, but you can also join their community to support you as you find your way in the world of green living.
Leah Segedie is a passionate advocate for a clean living but also understands how difficult it can be. She approaches her blog with research and honesty and welcomes all moms, no matter what stage of the journey they are on.
4. Extremely Good Parenting
After having children, Kara Carrero realized that it was much more challenging than she anticipated and started her Extremely Good Parenting blog.
She believes in intentional and natural parenting, so if you are interested in a gentle approach to motherhood, then Kara’s blog could be for you. She offers a free online parenting workshop and has a podcast to listen to and learn from while doing the school run or cooking dinner.
As well as resources on raising kids and family meals, you can also find helpful hints on eco-living and learning resources. If that wasn’t enough, Kara also has an online store with everything from parenting eBooks and merchandise to educational bundles.
5. Your Modern Family
Becky Mansfield has created a beautiful blog with Your Modern Family.
A former elementary school teacher, her blog is filled with resources for kids and parents. With four kids, she also shares a wealth of information on raising children and keeping everyone healthy.
Becky shares helpful marriage tips and date night ideas for the days (or years!) when life with kids gets busy. What makes this blog a gem for parents, though, is the tips on saving money. Having kids is expensive, and her practical ideas for making your money stretch will change the way you budget.
To help with budgeting, there is a shop full of resources for everything from finances to kids’ activities to home organization.
6. Rookie Moms
Rookie Moms is an excellent blog for the new or expecting mom as they cover everything you need to know for pregnancy, birth, and the first year.
Amber is a mom of 5 kids and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having had her share of challenges like high-risk pregnancy, birth, and adoption, she is committed to a blog that covers a diverse range of topics for new moms.
Pregnancy, products and gear, babies, and mom life are the main topics on the blog, and the baby section is broken into month milestones. This allows readers to get an in-depth look at each stage of new parenthood.
7. Kids Eat In Color
All parents know that the struggle is real when it comes to food and kids! One day they will eat anything and everything and the next they will only eat dry pasta!
That is where Kids Eat in Colour comes in. This blog is all about kids, food, and encouraging parents to tackle mealtimes calmly. It is a one-stop-shop catering to all your food queries with helpful resources for even the most frustrated parent.
The blog is filled with informative articles to help you deal with picky eaters, what to do if your child isn’t eating, what foods are best for your developing child, and fun recipe ideas.
They also offer a BetterBites course to educate and equip parents and a Picky Eater Food Guide.
8. Baby Boy Bakery
Jacqui Saldana of Baby Boy Bakery blog is a beautifully brave soul who shares her heart in a space she has created with love and authenticity.
Starting ten years ago, she began sharing recipes and life with her young son. But life took a tragic turn, and when her son passed away, she continued to share her story and grief.
It was a brave decision that no doubt helped countless other parents experiencing the same pain. Her honest posts about grief and life after loss will make you hug your kids a little harder and not take life for granted.
Her blog is a poignant mix of family life, raising kids, and delicious recipes that you don’t want to miss out on.
9. Happy You, Happy Family
Happy You, Happy Family, is the passion project of a mom of 4, Kelly, also a Certified Parent Educator. Her philosophy is that a solid parent-child relationship needs to be nurtured every day from as young as possible.
Her blog is devoted to equipping parents with the knowledge and resources to create that kind of relationship. She talks about happy and calm parenting, parenting for working parents, and how to bring joy back to parenting.
From family games and book lists to kids’ activities, it is a space that will only enrich your parenting.
With more than 30 million visitors each month, Mother.ly is a modern mother’s go-to for all her mothering needs.
Conveniently broken up into Pregnancy, Parenting, and Life, each topic has a wealth of information covering all the aspects of parenting and raising children in this crazy world. They cover so much more than just parenting, though, and that is why they are one of the most popular blogs around.
Here are a few other topics they cover:
- Beauty and Style
- Career and Money
- Health and Wellness
Their State of Motherhood information shows the frightening statistics of mothers feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, and exhausted, making blogs and resources like this one invaluable.
For all of your printable needs, Picklebums has you covered!
Former pre-school teacher Kate has an obsession with printables and has gladly shared them with the world. She has a wide variety of free printables on the blog, as well as a shop filled with incredible resources for parents and kids.
From amazing recipes and resources for planning meals (every parent’s worst nightmare!) to activities that will keep your kids happily occupied, Picklebums is a parent’s best friend.
It is an eclectic mix of things that seems to represent real life as a parent accurately. You never quite know what you will get, but it is always interesting, fun, and full of love.
12. Pregnant Chicken
Pregnant Chicken is a blog for expecting parents.
Expecting your first child can be a terrifying experience. Sure, you are excited, but wow, is there a lot of information you suddenly need to process!
Trying to wade through the opinions, advice, and medical jargon can lead to information overload, and that is where Pregnant Chicken comes in. They break the info down into bite-size bits you can easily digest.
Covering everything you need to know from conception to birth and beyond, they provide reliable information to help you make the best decisions for you and your baby.
13. Grown And Flown
For parents of older kids, Grown and Flown is the blog for you.
Navigating the teen years can be tricky as your child discovers who they are and how they fit into the world. They will be looking to you for guidance and support while allowing them the space and time to process their complex emotions.
Grown and Flown covers a wide range of topics relating to high schools, such as academics, relationships, and learning to drive. They also have a section covering everything you need to know about college admissions and the realities of sending your child off to college.
14. Fireflies And Mudpies
For all your crafting needs, look no further than Fireflies and Mudpies.
Parenting is so much more than discipline, healthy eating, and respectful communication. It should also be fun! Some parents don’t love to play imaginary games, but crafting is something even the most play-resistant parent can get involved in.
Through fun crafts, Melissa from Fireflies and Mudpies hopes to nurture the bonds between parents and kids as they spend time together. Melissa hopes to inspire a love of nature, foster connections, and help families embrace a slower way of life through her crafts.
15. Twins Mommy
Twins Mommy is an important blog for parents looking to start making money blogging so that they can spend more time at home with their kids.
Elna Cain is a stay-at-home with twins who has turned her blogging into a profitable business. Not only does she make money as a writer and blogger, but she has created courses teaching parents how to do it too!
Her blog is a treasure trove of resources for parents wanting to make money blogging, and she has created a community of mom bloggers who offer support and advice. This might not be a blog about parenting, but it is an invaluable resource for parents who want to stay at home and spend more time with their kids.
16. A Mom’s Take
The motto of A Mom’s Take blog is “No one can be a perfect parent, so just be a real parent.”
Janel is a mother of 5 boys who has experienced the loss of a child and shares the challenges of life after loss while keeping up with her busy boys. Her blog has a bit of everything and encompasses the many aspects of parenting and life with a young family.
She is committed to sharing stories from real moms struggling to navigate the murky waters of parenthood. Recipes, travel tips, décor, activities and crafts, and holiday ideas are all covered with stories from parents who have been there and done that.
17. Confessions Of Parenting
Michele from Confessions of Parenting is a Family Life Educator specializing in strengthening family relationships.
Her goal with Confessions of Parenting is to support families as they live and learn together, and with five kids and a blended family, she knows what she is talking about.
She passionately shares (and overshares) tips for a healthy marriage, parenting strategies, modest fashion, and family-friendly recipes.
18. The Simple Parent
Mariah has put together a blog full of ideas with The Simple Parent.
She is passionate about parenting from a multi-generational approach and has a background in education. Her blog focuses on easy, family-friendly recipes, kids’ crafts, cleaning tips, and family life.
A great addition to the blog is a collection of jokes and riddles, as well as a section for your pets. If you are looking for a special treat for your fur baby or wondering how to integrate a pet into family life, then this section is a must-read.
19. The Pragmatic Parent
You can never have too many blogs that help parents approach parenting from a place of calm, and The Pragmatic Parent is one of them.
Corinne is a Board-Certified Health and Emotion Release Practitioner, which sounds complicated but means she is committed to helping parents use evidence-based techniques in their homes that come from a place of love.
She talks about sleep (or lack of it), helping kids deal with big emotions, and also offers a selection of amazing free parenting courses.
20. Frugal Nesting
Frugal Nesting is the blog you want if you are looking for a budget-friendly approach to parenting.
There is no denying that kids are expensive! But the world we live in is also all about making money, and they will tell you that you need the most expensive products around.
What you should be looking for is the best product, not the most costly. Alea aims to help parents with family budgets, budget-friendly recipes, easy kids crafts, and guidance for those parents that work from home.
It is a fun mix of everything your average parent needs to know, and Alea is like your online BFF.
So, there you have it, 20 of the most popular parenting blogs to help you with all your parenting woes! Raising kids is not for the faint-hearted and takes strength and stamina that few parents are prepared for.
Having access to a selection of amazing blogs explicitly designed to guide parents through the trials and tribulations of parenthood is a gift that we don’t take for granted. I hope you found a blog (or three) on this list that helps you feel empowered, informed, and inspired to keep being the parent your kids love and adore!