At iVillage we’re passionate about supporting Australian bloggers. That’s why we’ve created iBlog Friday.
It's a chance for bloggers to introduce their favourite post of the week to iVillage readers and for our community to read what Aussie writers are up to.
Here are the bloggers who have sent their submissions this week. Happy reading and have a great weekend.
Naomi Cotterill of (Not) Just A Mummy talks about her attempt to reconnect to the concepts of thankfulness and gratitude amidst the whirlwind of marriage and motherhood.
The general idea behind consciously expressing thankfulness or gratitude for the super sweet stuff in your life is rooted in the positive thinking school of thought and the concept that our thoughts help to reinforce not just what we do and how we feel, but the kind of life we attract. As someone who’s had her fair share of dalliances with very scary, very negative thought patterns,I can attest to the impact that this kind of thinking has on every facet of life.
Read the rest of Naomi’s post here.Irma Gold of irmagold.com/blog writes about her constant battle to claw back time for herself in between the millions of small and large requirements of her children.
I work part-time as a freelance editor. I work full-time as a mother. Yes, I realise that doesn’t seem to add up and now I’m going to throw another factor into the mix. Somewhere between marking-up other writers’ creative works, and the million small and large things three children between the ages of nine and almost-two require, I attempt to claw back some time for my own writing.
You can read the rest of Irma’s post here.
Tracey Groombridge of Parents Wisdom deals with the dilemma of taking regular time out from your children for yourself, without feeling selfish.
Here’s the thing I don’t think I’m a selfish person or a terrible parent (well at least not most days), but every time I bring up that I take a week or so each year away from my family as a “mummy sabbatical” to recharge my batteries, family and friends look at me with combination of surprise and disgust. They splutter things like “you’re doing what”? Anyone would have thought I had told them I was running off to have an affair with Prince Charles!
Read the rest of Tracey’s post here.
Caitlin Dyer of Mother Down Under remembers the first time she reached breaking point when her son was seven months old and teething.
For the first time since becoming a mother, I cried myself to sleep.
I think it is mostly pure exhaustion. Although I have dropped Baby C's afternoon breast feed, so maybe there are some hormones leaving my system. But I am fairly convinced it is the lack of sleep combined with the lack of hope of ever getting sleep.
Read the rest of Caitlin’s post here.