Topic: mommy blogs

Is It Just Me, Or Is Dove Soap Using Mommy Blogs For Their Commercial Ideas?

Is It Just Me, Or Is Dove Soap Using Mommy Blogs For Their Commercial Ideas?

Yeah, yeah I know, I should just shut up and be thankful that Dove isn’t running commercials that feature scantily clad picture perfect heavily photoshopped Mombots in their ads, but these commercials feel so manipulative to me, especially since advertising is used to sell us junk. Alison Tate, ‘s article was so touching and gorgeous to me, and she wasn’t trying to sell us anything, other than the notion that moms are beautiful and we need to recapture the same joy we had as young girls in believing we are beautiful as old girls, stretch marks and all. More »

My Mommy Blogging Is Not The Same As The Celebrity Child Exploitation Business

My Mommy Blogging Is Not The Same As The Celebrity Child Exploitation Business

At least once a week, I get the opportunity to write a snarky blog post about a celebrity mom who uses her birth announcement to promote her new shoe line or a former boy band dad plastering his child’s face on a collection of lullabies he’s shilling. Sometimes, I refer to these bits of celeb parent branding as a form of exploitation, because moms and dads are using their children to further their career and market their business. Invariably, someone in the comments well say, “You write mommy blogs. You do the same thing.” And here’s how I would like to respond to those comments. More »

Mommy Blog Peer Pressure Is Behind Some Of The Obsession With Having A ‘Perfect, Natural Birth’

Mommy Blog Peer Pressure Is Behind Some Of The Obsession With Having A 'Perfect, Natural Birth'

Could the pressure from mommy blogs be pushing women into possibly dangerous natural childbirth situations? The story of Lisa Epsteen, who was desperate to have a VBAC against her doctor’s wishes, forces us to consider the way that natural birth is promoted and fetishized. It might be hurting moms instead of supporting their birthing plans. More »

SAHM No More: I Wish My Life Was More Like a Pinterest-Worthy Mommy Blog

SAHM No More: I Wish My Life Was More Like a Pinterest-Worthy Mommy Blog

Why couldn’t my life look like the lives online? Why did the tinsel on my Christmas tree come out all clustered and clumpy instead of looking like silvery, retro icicles? Why don’t my kids wear matching pajamas or even agree to smile for the camera? Okay, who am I kidding—why don’t I ever even remember to take pictures of my children until the perfect moment has passed? Why is my life so unpinnable? More »

Please Remove My Child’s Picture From Your Mommy Blog

Please Remove My Child's Picture From Your Mommy Blog

On this website, I share plenty of details about my daughter. In my writing, I tend to use personal anecdotes, so that would normally include my offspring. I’ve told you all that her name is Brenna, that she’ll be turning four soon and that she has a proclivity for superheros. Oh, and every once in a while she says super-cute things like, “You want a piece of me?” when she’s play-fighting with my husband. One thing I’ve never shared with the wonderful readers of Mommyish? Her picture. Unfortunately, someone else has already shared that without my permission. More »

Since When Did ‘Mommy Blogger’ Become A Four-Letter Word?

Since When Did 'Mommy Blogger' Become A Four-Letter Word?

If you want to be technical, the interwebs practically swell with sloppy narcissistic writers in every field, from style to politics to literary critics and yet nobody I know seems to grimace at the term “fashion journalist” — at least, not with the same disdain. So what is it about this particular term “mommy blogger” that incites gagging for everyone within a ten mile radius of an internet connection? More »

According To Gawker, ‘Mommy Bloggers’ Shouldn’t Have Any Opinions

According To Gawker, 'Mommy Bloggers' Shouldn't Have Any Opinions

If you want to split hairs, I happen to be a “mommy blogger.” One without kids of my own, mind you. I cringe at the word because all of us internet scribes are first and foremost writers in some capacity. Yet “mommy blogger” seeks to separate mothers from that arena and in a way, belittle their work, simply by being mothers. I also don’t like the taste of “mompreneur” and other terms made to distinguish women’s professional titles based on whether they have kids at home or not.

But even if you happen to like the terms and want to be up front and center about your role as a mother in your professional sphere, don’t get too disappointed when others roll their eyes at the term “mommy blogger.” Or in the case of Gawker, tell you to shut up. More »

Mommy Wars: Working Moms Don’t Have Time To Blog

Mommy Wars: Working Moms Don't Have Time To Blog

A couple months ago, Melissa Jordan at Babble asked why working moms don’t blog nearly as often as their stay-at-home counterparts. I really meant to write in a comment, but I simply can’t seem to find time to comment on anything anymore. I don’t have time to respond to all the awesome commenters I get on my own posts! Plus you have to log in everywhere, create passwords that I would just forget later… Well, Melissa, I’m finally getting around to discussing this great topic that you brought up in August. And I think Mommy Wars Week is the perfect time. More »