Posted by Ariella Miesner
Most of my mommy friends devour blogs on a daily basis. Instead of flipping through Parenting or Good Housekeeping, they click the links for The Pioneer Women, or Scary Mom. Even traditional media outlets, such as the N.Y. Times, has noticed these mommy blogs growing in popularity and has created their own.
N.Y. Times’ mommy blog, Motherlode, features men and women writers whose posts focus on family in relation to the news.
The magazine Parents houses over a dozen blogs within its website. Several Parents editors and staff run a few of the blogs, as well as authors, free-lance writers, critics, dietitians, professors, and stay-at-home parents.
On top of thrifty tips for home decor, cleaning supplies, child crafts, family meals, these mommy bloggers are doing something new and refreshing that the mommy magazines are not.
They are offering real voices that parents can relate to, and tell them it’s okay if their children eat mostly junk food in between servings of force-fed veggies. That it’s okay to feel like “a dirty Zombie” (no sleep, and no bathing… except for the occasional baby wipe bath) for weeks on end, because they too know what it’s like to have their children and homes rule their every waking hour.
The Un-Coordinated Mommy puts it so well in her post, “Do parenting books and Magazines Really help?” While also referring to blogs, this mom writes about dealing with her 4-year-old son’s tantrums, and how she seeks out advice to correct his behaviors.
“I am convinced that all of the parenting advice that I read in books magazines and blogs isn’t required for raising a “good” child.
But guess what?
I will not stop reading my books, blogs, magazines, and websites.
Because, if I had to sit idly by for three weeks and watch unwanted behavior A exhibited over and over I would bang my head against the wall. At least this way I feel useful… I can tell when I am starting to loose it during these tantrums that it’s time to go back to my parenting books, magazines, blogs or websites and fill up my tank of patience.”
These bloggers are fulfilling an important need for parents who are eager to find support through the ups and downs of parenting. Do you think that this support and unpolished truth makes these bloggers respectable journalists? Does it matter so long as readers’ needs are being met?
How can we hold these bloggers to the same journalistic standards that wehold others with their expanding readership? Should we hold them to the samestandard?