When I found out about our nomination for Best Parenting Blog in the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blogging Awards, I must admit I felt like a complete fraud. How could you possibly qualify as a ‘best parent’ when at that moment in time;
- Your living room is strewn with toddler paraphernalia,
- Your kitchen bench is adorned with stacks of breakfast dishes waiting to be washed,
- The wet washing is still sitting in the machine waiting to be hung,
- Your toddler is sitting in her high chair, flinging yoghurt around the room, and
- The aforementioned toddler’s clothes are quite dirty and somewhat damp!
Does that sound like the home of a ‘best parent’ to you? These were the thoughts that crossed my mind as I looked around our home just moments after finding out we were a finalist.
On reflection, two days later, I don’t know that any of the above list represents a ‘best parent’ but they definitely represent ME as a parent. You see;
- The living room that looked like a cyclone had recently stormed through was a result of my toddler having a marvelous time being a child and playing that morning as I got ready for the day,
and I believe 110% in the value of a child’s play as an important way for young children to learn,
- The stack of unwashed dishes and the wet washing still in the machine were there as instead of finishing the cleaning, we popped out for a visit to our local library to choose some new books,
as I believe that growing children who love books and reading is an essential role of a parent,
- The toddler flinging yoghurt around the room is learning to feed herself independently,
and how else will she learn to do it herself without the opportunity to practise doing it herself?
- And finally, the toddler’s clothes were damp and dirty as we had just come back inside after a nice long play in the garden which involved sand, soil and water,
and regular readers of Childhood 101 will understand how important I believe outdoor play in nature is.
So as much as I feel unworthy to be a finalist when there are so many amazing bloggers out there, I do believe that I have a lot to share as both a Mum learning how to be a parent, and as an Early Childhood Teacher passionate about young children learning and growing in happy homes and schools. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog and thank you to those wonderful bloggers who have supported me on this blogging journey so far, it sounds clichéd I know, but you all make it feel possible and worthwhile.