We’re back with another instalment of the Bloggers Best Bits feature – celebrating and re-visiting those favourite posts out there in the blogosphere. This week we’re talking to Claire from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes!
Who are you and where do you blog?
I’m Claire, I’m in my mid thirties (37 still counts as mid, right?). My claim to fame is that I once spoke to Phillip Schoefield on a Going Live phone in. I know, awesome. I live with three boys; The Husband, The Big One (6) who never ever stops talking, and The Little One (2) who never ever stands still. We live in a Lego house. We don’t really, but we have so much off the stuff I could probably build one.
This blog, Life, Love and Dirty Dishes, is mainly about the amusing side of parenting, and life with small people. If you’ve ever been wedged in the rollers at soft play, or forgotten the change bag the day your kid projectiles, you my friend are not alone.
What is your most successful/favourite blog post?
Give us a taster… What’s it about?
Back in January 2016 there was a Facebook post doing the rounds from a Mum of a two week old baby, who was basically saying parenting was an easy job, and not having time to shower, having a messy house, or your kid doing something they shouldn’t meant you were a lazy parent. This post is my response.
What inspired you to write this post?
Mainly anger was my inspiration! I hate all of these ‘mummy wars’ and how judgemental we are to one another. I always try to be honest about parenting in my blog, the good and the bad. This anonymous Facebook post made me angry on behalf of all those new mums who perhaps weren’t finding things such a walk in the park, and who were a sleep deprived tearful mess in stained pyjamas. I wrote this post for all those mums who would have read that Facebook post and felt really crap about themselves.
What makes this your most successful/favourite post?
It was my most successful in that it went viral, mainly due to the timing of the post. It’s my favourite because of the response it got. I had so many people contact me to say my post had made them feel better, or that they felt more normal after reading it, and less like they were failing. People who had been in tears after reading the facebook post because they were struggling, and my post was what they needed to hear. Words are incredibly powerful, especially when you judge someone. I hope that my post readdressed the balance a little.
Where can we find you?
Thanks so much to Claire for taking part in our Bloggers Best Bits series! I remember that very post that went viral and my first thoughts are not exactly appropriate for writing here!! All I will say is, I’d like to see what that lady thinks with more than one child – or even now, that the 2 week old will be 12 months+… Excellent post, and great to hear that so many parents could relate to it. Well done, Claire!
If you’d like to take part in the Bloggers Best Bits series, please do drop me a line and we can go from there!