The other day, I shared my top 10 blogposts of 2018. These are the posts which have been most read – and are nearly all about ballet and Roaccutane, which seem to be rather niche subjects that not a lot of people blog about.
But I write about a lot more than ballet and Roaccutane. I write about the ups and downs of family life – the things we get up to and what I think about it all. Sometimes I will have a rant about a bigger issue or share a bit of advice. I realise that not everyone wants to read about one of my son’s football matches or me running yet another half marathon, but this is the stuff that matters to us and it’s what I write about.
So I thought I’d share with you a selection of my favourite posts from 2018. I can’t 100% hand on heart say that these are my absolute favourites. I actually found that a lot of my favourites were about my eldest, so I didn’t include a couple of them, to give me more of a balance by sharing posts about the other two kids too.
So here, in no particular order is a selection of 16 of my favourite blogposts from 2018… (It was supposed to be 15, but after I drafted it, I wrote one final post for 2018 that I particularly liked!)
My son, the driving test and the very good week – in October, my son passed his driving test, only three months after his 17th birthday. But that wasn’t all that happened that week.
My kids, the growth mindset and me – at the end of the year I finally learned what ‘the growth mindset’ actually was, after hearing my kids talk about it. I started to wonder whether I may have done some damage to one of my kid’s mindsets, despite all of my very best intentions.
The Royal Ballet, Elmhurst and rejection – in 2018, my daughter auditioned for two external ballet schools, but sadly it was not to be. It left her feeling as though she wasn’t ‘good enough’. This is the only one of my favourite posts that appeared in my most popular posts of 2018.
Panto heartbreak – this year, there was no panto for my daughter. The theatre changed their rules for audition and broke a lot of hearts.
Starting to shine again – after slacking off a bit in year 8, my younger son started to achieve his full potential at school again in year 9.
Remembering Jessica – in 2018, bloggers received the devastating news that ‘one of our own’ had been taken far too soon. Jessica was the 6-year-old daughter of fellow blogger, Louise. Louise wanted us to keep talking about Jessica, so I shared my feelings in this post.
School, slacking and perfectionism – in 2018, I learned more about kids’ learning styles – including slacking and perfectionism. I have two slackers, which can sometimes be challenging. But it turns out that, in many ways, it is better than having a perfectionist child.
Ballet exam do’s and don’ts – my daughter has done a lot of ballet exams over the years, so I thought I would share some of our tips to help it go smoothly.
First school football match – my younger son loves playing football, so it was very exciting when his school finally started playing in year 9.
Teenagers – when is the right time to let go? – with my son in year 12 and approaching his 17th birthday, I wondered if I should be giving him more freedom.
Body confidence, social media and me – this year, there have been lots of ladies on social media in their swimwear and underwear talking about body confidence and normal bodies. I admire them, but I’m not going to join them any time soon.
The athlete and the Ed Sheeran concert – just a nice post which sums up my son and my husband perfectly. My son was willing to make sacrifices for his athletics, so my husband was willing to make sacrifices for my son.
The end of year exams – all three of my kids had end of year exams in the same week. My thoughts on whether they’re really necessary and how hard kids should work for them.
Helping my son become an adult – over the summer, it felt like most of my time revolved around my eldest and supporting him on the long journey to adulthood.
Twitter judgement – I like to post about everyday life on Twitter, just as I do on my blog. But sometimes I get fed up of people’s ‘helpful’ advice on how I should get my kids out of bed – or telling me that my kids are disrespectful and should do what they’re told immediately. I wish these people would come back to me and apologise when they have teenagers of their own.
To me, it’s still Christmas – I can’t understand the new obsession with taking Christmas decorations down straight after Boxing Day. So I wrote about why the few days between Christmas and New Year are especially important to my family.
So that’s my favourite posts of the year, more or less. There was definitely a few others which could have made the cut. Have I missed any of your favourites?