2017 was another great year for the Columbia SC Moms Blog! We are so thankful to all you, our readers, who were right there with us as we shared stories about our families, highlighted all the fun things to do in the Midlands, and encouraged each other in the equally rewarding and challenging life of being a mom. We are proud that in the past four years Columbia SC Moms Blog had more than 3.5 million page views, hosted numerous sold out events and connected moms in our great community. Thanks for being part of this journey!
To cap off 2017 and ring in the new year, we wanted to share our top 10 most-read blog posts from this year. They are stories of motherhood, daily life, real experiences, humor and making the most of this great city we live in. We hope you enjoy revisiting them as much as we did.
“There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in the Midlands to cool off during the hot summer months. We’ve got Lake Murray and Lake Wateree nearby, splash pads, pools, and handful of air-conditioned kid friendly spaces. But sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Many Columbia area families escape to the beach, be it Myrtle or Folly or Isle of Palms. But the beach can often be crowded. If you want to escape both heat and crowds, I have a suggestion. Head west on I-26 and chase waterfalls instead!”
“Above all, your school librarian wants your child to succeed. Be aware of what is available to you and your children in your school library and take advantage of all of the wonderful resources they offer. ”
“What I am going to write next is a mind blowing statement for some. We don’t want another biological child… I don’t mean to knock anyone that rocks the double stroller at soccer practice, but here are some reasons why only children are great!”
“I learned a new word this week, and if you were born between 1977 and 1983 like I was, definitely keep reading… we finally have a name to call ourselves. Xennials. We are a “micro-generation” that falls in between the one that came before us, and the one that follows.”
“I can guarantee that you won’t ever catch the Starbuck family at church on Sunday, but we love one another and we love brunch with a side of bacon. And bless our hearts, that is okay with us.”
“It wasn’t long before I realized I couldn’t do everything nor did I want to. Some things just weren’t me and I really had to stop pretending that they were a part of my make up. So, I began setting boundaries, realizing my limitations and freeing myself of all the things I thought I should do.”
“This is a very difficult post for me to write. Not just to write but to put the out there for the world to see. This post is me admitting to a huge flaw in my personality that I had to overcome to change the path my marriage was heading down.”
“Many moms have seemingly weird, arbitrary rules around toys in their houses. Some don’t like things that require batteries. Other moms insist toys be educational. There are parents only want toys made out of natural, non-toxic materials that are sustainable and beautiful. I’m not judging y’all, really I’m not. But due to various reasons, there are a few toys I absolutely refuse to buy my kids. I wouldn’t throw these things out immediately if someone else bought them for my kids, but I might slowly shuffle them out until there were no more in existence.”
“I’ve been a stay-at-home mom and I’ve been a working mom. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, I am not a good stay-at-home mom.
So I work.
Contrary to how I feel, my kids beg me all the time not to go to my job. They would love for me to be a stay-at-home mom again. But, as much as I miss watching my kids grow up … there are some things I need just for me.”
“He points to me, babbles, smiles, and reaches for me.
This is the moment that I live for every day. This is the good stuff.
In this moment, I forget about the infinite amount of post-it note to-dos that are waiting for me at the office. I forget about why there was so much traffic. I forget about not being a better listener and colleague. I forget about all the emails that I never responded to.
I embrace and squeeze him as if I have not seen him months. I kiss and tickle him so I can selfishly hear his laughter. I think for a moment how dull walking through the door after work was before him.
This is the moment that gets me through the hardest of days. This moment is what my life is all about and yet the euphoria of this feeling is over in a split second.”