I always love May. It’s a month that combines Mother’s Day and my birthday – what’s not to love?
This month also saw Kidney Health Week (which ended yesterday), and the Federal Budget announcement, which resulted in a few sleepless nights around here. But don’t stress about my family’s financial situation; I was just up until the wee hours writing scintillating copy for some financial services organisations.
So we’ve had a good month, but a busy one. But haven’t we all? Is it just me, or is 2015 the busiest year we’ve all ever had ever. Like, EVER?
Here’s what I found in between all the busy.
Family and life
I really like playing with my kids. I love making block towers, playing dress-ups and colouring in. Usually. Often. Okay, sometimes.
On those occasions that I don’t like playing with my kids, I really don’t like playing with my kids. So this post from Maxabella at Kidspot is fantastic. It lets you off the hook. It tells you that it’s okay to guide the playing to something you want to do. It’s okay to be the leader or the instruction-issuer of games rather than do the running and the chasing. And it’s okay to do what you need to do – washing, cleaning, exercise – and involve the children, relabelling it as play. It worked for Mary Poppins, so it can work for you, too.
This is a fantastic post from Robyna at The Mummy and The Minx. It’s about the difference in what she thought the balance between motherhood and her career was going to be pre-bub, and what it actually is now. And everything to do with that, about that and around that. Robyna writes this from being in the position of being able to choose whether she is at home or not, and apologises for that. But I’m in the same privileged position, so every word struck a chord, from the naïve assumptions and blasé attitude about career maintenance before bub arrived to the constant juggling, second-guessing and guilt at not doing enough in either field after.
The bonus? It’s a linky post. So others have linked up their thoughts on the topic.
Language and writing
David Crystal, linguist, writer and editor, has written this fantastic piece for Macmillan Dictionary about the importance of collecting and keeping the words of our time. “…If nobody collects them, they will never be known. When dialect words die, if they have never been recorded, it is as if they have never been.”
Don’t let any trees fall in the forest without being around to hear them, okay?
Food for thought
I loved Amy from Handbag Mafia‘s view on Belle Gibson last month. I loved her view on death penalty discussions this month. And now, I’m really looking forward to reading whatever Amy writes about next month.
Another from Handbag Mafia, but this time it’s a guest contribution from Bec (who you’ll usually find over at Seeing the Lighter Side). Bec discusses why the tasks, duties and benefits that mums who stay at home provide don’t contribute to Australia’s GDP. Which might sound as fun to read as an IKEA instruction manual, but because it’s Bec to the power of Handbag Mafia, it’s a brilliant read.
Pip from Meet Me at Mike’s nails it with this piece. With just the heading, really (but please, do read on). Not everyone has to like you. Not everyone has to get you. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately (combined with a whole lot of other
emo existential stuff that I may or may not get around to on the blog one day) and I nodded through the entire post.
I’ve been back to read this piece more than once. The line between confidence and arrogance has often been described as thin. Steve Errey instead likens it to a chasm in this post for The Muse. It’s an unapologetic, no holds barred post, but instead of hanging your head in despair at the end, you’ll be cheering.
What were your top web reads of May?