Monday, December 10, 2018

Top 10 Best Parenting Posts of 2018

Wow, [insert generic statement about not being able to believe how time has flown and it's almost the end of the year already]!


Picked by yours truly using a super-scientific algorithm I concocted by looking at my blog stats and simply rating how much I liked writing each one, here are the top 10 parenting posts of 2018 on Unremarkable Files.

Which one is your favorite?


#1:
Your Attitudes about Basic Things, Before and After Having Kids

January 22, 2018


Before I had kids, I had several drawers full of beauty products and went to the hair salon 4 times a year. Ten years later, my son can't pick a blowdryer out of a lineup and I've had this scrunchie in my hair since my daughter was born.

#2:
The Teenager Registry for Parents During the 55th Trimester

October 22, 2018


Oh, how I loved writing this piece. Newborn registry guides get ALL the love on the Internet, so I wanted to write a piece for parents with kids turning 13 (also known in parenting circles as "the 55th trimester") to let them know what kinds of helpful gear they'll need to get through this.

#3:
From the Self-Help Section of My Toddler's Bookshelf

September 17, 2018


I made a shocking discovery when cleaning out my toddler's room one day: his secret stash of toddler self-help books. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised: they have to learn that "going boneless when they don't want to be picked up" trick from somewhere.

#4:
18 Ways You Know You've Had a Lot of Babies

August 8, 2018


Once you have 6 babies you start to notice that things are a little different than they used to be... can you relate?

#5:
An Open Letter to the Mom in Love You Forever


March 14, 2018


If you love this book and think it's a sweet children's story with absolutely 100% nothing creepy about it, then keep scrolling. But if you had a few concerns about the stalker mom in Love You Forever, you'll appreciate this.

#6:
It's the 21st Century and Girls Can Grow Up to Be Anything... Almost

September 10, 2018


A serious piece on gender equality and how it affects my daughters, especially how they view the role of "mom." Inspired by, of all things, watching an animated kids' movie about bunnies.

#7:
Toddler Reviews of a New Restaurant that Caters Exactly to Them

June 11, 2018


If toddler restaurants were a thing, they'd let you color on the tables, serve ketchup with everything, and the acoustics would be specially designed for banging silverware. Here's what the patrons have to say about it on Yelp.

#8:
6 Fall Knits That Look Great With Your Kid's Snot on the Shoulder

October 22, 2018


Moms need style guides, too, and in the fall/winter months we all want to know: what sweater is going to go with our kids' snot smeared on our shoulders??

#9:
The Perfectly Average Mom's Guide to Spring Cleaning

March 7, 2018


Pinterest cleaning schedules, move over. This is what it's really going to look like if you attempt spring cleaning your house when there are still small people living in it.

#10:
The Bare Minimum Is a Valid Option, Too

February 5, 2018



You don't have to go all out for every occasion. Sometimes mediocre is okay. Sometimes even the bare minimum is okay. And I'm not talking to only the people behind you: I'm talking to you, too.

As an early Christmas gift to me, consider sharing your favorite post on social media. (Those of you who finished Christmas shopping in September, feel free to silently revel in being a better person than everyone.)

When an article gets around on social media, it's how I know you like what I'm writing. And nothing, other than my kids removing their dirty underwear from their pants, would feel like a better way to end 2018.

Here are the 10 funniest and most heartfelt parenting posts of the year, covering everything from raising toddlers to raising teenagers. The sarcastic post about spring cleaning is so true and completely hilarious. #parenting #parentingarticles #parentinghumor #relatable #sotrue #funny #unremarkablefiles

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