Ready to get inspired? Welcome to a new series where we profile up-and-coming bloggers from our illustrious group of Mamapedia contributors. First up is Amber Adrian of Alternative Grace. We love Adrian’s mindful perspective on parenting, not to mention her fun and relatable experiences raising her daughter, Alice.
What made you want to start your own blog?
I wanted to start blogging as motivation to write on a regular basis, as well as a means to connect with like-minded folks.
What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?
Hmm… thoughtful, honest, and helpful.
What is your favorite blog post to date?
I like different ones for different reasons, but I suppose the one I wrote about why I left teaching stands out. I also do a post every few months about what I’ve been reading – those are fun to write and look back on.
What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?
Blogging and parenting can both be lonely, so one thing that’s been helpful for me is to have someone to talk to about my writing/blogging life. I have someone I check in with every Monday and Friday. We touch base about what’s going on with our online spaces and encourage each other.
What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?
I’m a big fan of RIE/mindful parenting. Its basic premise is that kids are whole people at every age. We should get to know them and work to treat them with the trust and respect they inherently deserve.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I stay at home with our daughter, Alice. I also do some part-time freelance work in writing and editing. So my days are usually just around our house: back and forth from the computer to the laundry room to the kitchen and back again. I love my days, but I’m happy when Dad gets home and we can hang out as a family (and I can have conversation with an adult!).
What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?
I’d say when you’re writing about parenting, do it with love and grace. And a spirit of “we’re all in this together.” Because we are.