OK…so I’ve noticed that Mom Blogs are a thing. There must be millions of them. My daughter has one, and it’s pretty funny. Check it out: http://www.talesfrommommyhood.blogspot.com/. There is even an official Mom Bloggers group here in Kansas City.
As far as I can tell, Mom Blogs seem to fall into — categories
- The Tales from the Trenches. This is what Sara’s blog is. A way to share and keep your sense of humor when your children insist upon acting like children. These are generally delightful and for moms to let each other know they are not alone. And for grandmothers to laugh at.
- The Frequent Christmas Letter. These are updates for friends and family, usually complete with adorable pictures of adorable chidren doing adorable things. They do resemble those letters that come with Christmas cards, but for people who don’t get to see each other or talk often enough, they seem like a good way to stay caught up, and I’m told they give the family a record of the child’s life as they grow up. I’m not sure I’m in favor of this. It doesn’t seem to allow for judicious editing.
- The Soapbox. These are written by Moms who seem posessed by a burning need to see everyone live exactly like they do, eat what they eat, sleep the way they sleep, educate the children the way they educate theirs, and if at all possible, only wear the color yellow. They spend a lot of time trying to make their fellow mothers feel as terrible as possible about their choices and decisions, but in the kindest way possible of course.
- The Fantasy Life Blog. On these blogs, moms seem to create elaborate fantasy lives in which they clean their houses from top to bottom using only white vinegar and recycled t-shirts, while baking delicious gluten-free bread, canning their own vegetables, teaching their children to sign and speak French, maintaining a rigorous workout schedule and running their successful jewelry design business. When I was a Mom we just read Danielle Steele for that kind of fantasy.
So, where are the Grandmother Blogs? I can’t be the only blogging grandmother. I’m sure all Grandmother Blogs will not be alike, but I think I can promise a few differences from Mom blogs:
- Grandmother blogs will have a great appreciation for the Universe and the Law of What Goes Around Comes Around. For instance, when the Mom Blogs write about the woes of Children Who Fight Bed Time, and Children Who Try to Negotiate Everything, the Grandmothers will probably write blog posts with titles like: Apples Do Not Fall from Oak Trees. After we quit laughing, of course.
- In General there will be less angst. We’ve done angst. Now we are more likely to put on our party hats and let everyone have cookies for lunch. We are no longer in charge of the upbringing of the next generation, and overall, we’re pretty proud of the job we did on the Moms, so time to spoil, spoil, spoil!
- Topics such as housework, yardwork, and making things out of pallets will not be common on Grandmother blogs. We are done talking about the first two, and the Grandfathers generally won’t let us do the last one, no matter how good it looks on Pinterest.
- I can just about guarantee there will be fewer recipes using quinoa as an ingredient.
So, Grandmothers Unite. We can’t let the Moms have all the fun. Take the Blogosphere! I see that the Kansas City Blogger Moms have get-togethers. We could do that – and we wouldn’t even have to get home to the babysitters!!