One of the first things I did when I found out I was expecting our first child, way back in 2001, was to find other people who had been there, done that, and learn from them. I also discovered pretty quickly that I was going to need some peers. No one at my job had children except for the other woman who had a baby six months before mine, and she moved away. This was a fantastic opportunity to make new friends! I joined the local mothers’ club (and ended up being president for two years!) and found a whole host of compatriots online as well. I would not feel as competent or ready-for-what’s-next without the support and encouragement of my real-life and online cheerleading and advice corps.
A few years ago, I discovered Simple Mom, a blog written by an expat American raising her two very young children overseas. She writes of navigating a different culture, bringing up children to understand both cultures, and keeping things simple above all. Their urban living quarters don’t allow for typical American sprawl, as they don’t have a half-acre out back with which to scatter plastic toys, so by necessity, she’s learned to have high-quality, high-fun things to do with her children. The layout is lovely, the information is timely and helpful, and she’s a warm, welcoming person.
So I was delighted to learn this week that she’s launched a number of brand-new sister sites that are right up my alley, and maybe yours, too? Look what’s new!
Simple Bites is, of course, about food and drink, but with a very family-oriented focus. I am so looking forward to child-friendly recipes and ideas for making table time memorable and fun!
Simple Homeschool helps families navigate the process of educating their own children. While we don’t homeschool here, we certainly supplement what they are learning in school, and I can’t wait to find the wealth of resources many families use at home.
Simple Organic addresses green, healthy, sustainable living, but not in a preachy or superior way (what, you’re still on the grid?! whatever!) at all. This blog offers realistic, attainable ways to make more environmentally friendly choices everyday while teaching our children that this is just the way we do it.
Simple Kids ….wait, don’t we already have Simple Mom? Isn’t that the same thing? No way. Simple Mom deals more with the adult aspect of being a parent, managing a home, managing time, and making choices that make sense. Simple Kids is child-focused, with projects, ideas, links, and lots of great ideas for one-on-one (or one-on-three, or twelve!) parenting. This blog has been up and running for about a year, and is just an excellent resource and sanity-saver!
Because of this launch, there is a fabulous giveaway going on right now for all readers! Jewelry, software, and a delightful magazine on simplicity are all at stake for three lucky readers. Some blog rings are repetitive, preachy, annoying, or a combination of all three. This one is extraordinarily helpful and I hope you find it so as well. Go, enter, and good luck!