Parents in the San Francisco Bay Area don’t need to look far when it comes to parenting advice. If you’re a mom or dad in Bay Area, you’re surrounded by dozens of other parents who blog about what matters most to them – parenting and children.
ChatterBlock has been working with a number of bloggers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since our launch earlier this year, and we are pleased to present our top pick of the best blogs for parents in the Bay Area. These blogs cover a broad spectrum of topics: parenting tips and advice, nutrition and fitness, family travel, cooking for kids, and personal journeys through parenthood.
MommyBeta is a group of four new moms beta testing parenthood -Natali, Jennifer, Nathalee and Alex. Originally sharing their parenting experience over email, instant message, and text message, the foursome decided to chronicle it all into a blog. The “beta” tag is an attempt to sidestep the hyper-sensitive, hyper-opinionated reputation that mommy blogs have. “We don’t pretend to be experts. We are learning as we go,” says Nathalee. ”We just want to get through the process with joy, grace, and as little mess as possible.”
GoatNotes is a family life and hand craft blog with a focus on creative repurpose, reuse and play. With one wild preschooler at hand, Julia and family make the most of what the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. She chronicles her daily adventures that often include hikes, walks and cultural events in the Bay Area; in addition to the more quiet moments of her days.
Unknown Mami – When I asked Unknown Mami for a blog description, her response was not suitable for all viewers… but it had me in stitches laughing and intrigued. Unknown Mami’s blog offers an often humorous take on life and mami-hood. Written by a Bay Area Latina this blog features humor, candor, occasional depth, and a weekly “Sundays In My City feature” where folks from all over the world can share photos of their surroundings.
The Parenting Myth - If you’ve ever heard these gems: “Becoming a parent is the best thing you’ll ever do” or ”Parenting comes naturally” then you’ve experienced parenting myth. There may be truth in these statements but what about the whole truth? The Parenting Myth is a place to find community at 3 a.m when you need it most. It’s also a place to laugh and cry at the dizzying highs and desperate lows of being a parent.
Using Our Words is one of the most popular parenting blogs in the Bay Area. As a mother with 3 children, Amy’s kids give her plenty of material to write about. Using Our Words is filled with lessons she’s learned (usually the hard way), laughs she’s enjoyed (mostly at her own expense), and tears she’s shed (this mama’s got heart). Amy writes about the things many of us experience as parents with insight, humor, and honesty.
Frog Mom is a travel blog with an emphasis on outdoor family adventures and written by the author of Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area. Frog Mom provides a wholesome European perspective on raising explorers of the future: strong kids who love the outdoors, appreciate the arts and geek out on technology. Having lived on three continents and traveled the seven seas, Frog Mom encourages discovering the world with an open and creative mind.
Cookies & Clogs helps families decide what products to buy, places to go, and things to do. You’ll find product reviews as well as tips for traveling to various destinations with children. Local SF Bay Area readers will enjoy tips around the area for eating out, staycations, and daily things to do with the kids.
Parent Grapevine captures the sweet and sour side of life – from “how to discover your life’s purpose” to “the top ten things to remember when traveling.” Between Tina and Kristina, the blog’s 2 co-founders, they have 7 kids who span a wide age demographic and cover a variety of topics including family movie reviews, product reviews and parenting advice.
Slow Family Online‘s motto is: slow down. Enjoy lost arts, food, nature and each other. Trade frenzy for fun. Suz Lipman uses inspiration from her own family and youth group work to help readers reconnect with that part of themselves and their families that can get lost in the shuffle of busy lives. Slow Family Online has inspired the book, “Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World“.
The Karianna Spectrum began in 2005, with “spectrum” referring to the autistic spectrum. Most posts described parenting challenges, other life-with-kids stories, or personal commentary on autism in the media. But, with the passage of time, the blog has morphed into a “spectrum of Kari” instead. While earlier posts may help others parenting children on the spectrum know that they are not alone, later posts are a commentary on life in general.
The Silent I is an family travel, photography and lifestyle blog by San Franciso Bay Area writer, mother, and attorney Glennia Campbell. Written with a sense of humor, The Silent I chronicles her family’s travels to over 25 countries, local events and activities, life in the midst of the Silicon Valley high tech roller coaster, and parenting a tween boy. The Silent I travel posts are syndicated through Lonely Planet.
Rookie Moms helps new moms have more fun in their first years of motherhood, sharing ideas for activities, outings, and open discussions that new moms relate to. One of their most popular feature Rookie Moms is a checklist of activities for moms to do during maternity leave.
Moms Who Click is a blog about 2 moms who share their passion for photography and create a community with other photo loving enthusiasts. Their blog provides photography tips, tricks and inspiration for those who are just starting out as well as seasoned professionals.
Very Bloggy is a personal chronicle of motherhood and parenting, focusing on urban living, green living, nutrition and, due to recent events, surviving miscarriage. Blogger Beth W. ads a sense of humor in her posts, “Humor is key for me, a good laugh can be the best medicine sometimes.”
Stroller Adventures is a personal blog where Maribel shares her adventures in parenting, cooking, losing weight and most importantly the adventures she and her family take as they visit museums, local attractions and parks. Maribel and her family also love to travel through California and Baja Mexico and share their experiences while traveling.
Tales of the Anti-Preemie - At just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Melissa gave birth to a her son. Sam entered this world way too small (just 1 pound 12 ounces) and way to early – but don’t tell him that! He has been a force to be reckoned with from day one. Now, Sam is a healthy and thriving toddler with very little to show for his micro-preemie status. Melissa uses her blog as a place to tell the story of Sam’s amazing progress and to explore the perils of parenting.
Journey of a Kangaroo Mama is a blog about one mom’s journey in life and all that surrounds it. In her blog, Kathy covers a breadth of topics: being a wife, mom, crafter, wannabe photographer, bad cook (self proclaimed), Pinterest addict, and of course her 2-year old daughter.
Into the Woods, Notes from Jennyalice is a blog about a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend trying to make dinner and save the world. With a 6-year old daughter and 11 year old son who is on the autism spectrum and also has cerebral palsy, ataxia, Jennifer chronicles some of the moments from diagnosis to the daily living with a child who has special needs. In her blog, Jennifer shares stories about her parenting experience so other parents do not feel so alone.
Fabulously Domestic is written by Natasha Kay (aka Domestica), a baby-weight survivor who believes in eating clean, training dirty, and proving to women around the world that having kids doesn’t mean you’re confined to a one-piece skirted swimsuit and elastic pants for the rest of your life. Straight talk on all things health and wellness, Fabulously Domestic has a flair for debunking common food and fitness myths that even health-minded people tend to make.