The blog world is full of mommy bloggers, and of course their blogs vary from real excellence to complete nonsense.
There are a few out there that I like reading, because they teach me something, or amuse me, or simply because they're well written, I have a good time being there!
But there is one thing that surprises me. Many of these bloggers stop writing about parenting when their kids grow past – let's say – kindergarten age. Either they stop blogging altogether, or they just change the theme to something else.
I guess there are several possible reasons for this. One could be the fact that they don't want to write about an older child, in case his/her friends read the blog in question. Thus, a kind of protection, a way of not exposing their child. But, I don't think that's the main reason here, because if they had such thoughts, they would have considered not exposing the baby, the toddler and the preschooler as well.
I think one of the reasons is that it simply becomes too difficult. It's harder to describe an older child, and it's even harder to talk about parenting. The every day problems and challenges are more complicated, more diverse, and to find a way of dissecting it, that is not given. I can totally relate to that.
Sadly, I think there is another reason, maybe the biggest one: Many parents feel their parenting job is"done" when their child is in school. They're done changing diapers, breastfeeding, getting up at night. Done with strollers and carriers, exersaucers, car seats and swings, - and - they start to reclaim their time, let go a little – too soon...
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the subject.
Painting: 'The Child's Caress' by Mary Cassatt. Honolulu Academy of Arts