persimmon / 1396 posts
@Tanjowen: I wish you didn't feel that way, I think we are always happen when someone posts!
cherry / 208 posts
I just wanted to add a voice that I love the blog posts. I actually gravitate more towards the preschool/school age posts since that is close to my own situation. But, I love reading ALL of it. I'm a terrible writer, but full of ideas, and this site is thoroughly non-toxic which seriously makes it a gem. Also the posts and the Hellobee community is genuine, not a blog of carefully curated product placement or full of clickbait.
@Mrs. Cereal: I would love hearing about more "serious" topics. We tend to turn off the news in our household until after bedtime, but i feel like that's a "head in the sand" approach. I mean, our preschool is doing "no one's home" drills.
@Mrs. Pickle: @Mrs. Starfish: @Mrs. High Heels: @Mrs. Smoothie: @Mrs. Peas: @Mrs. Tiger:
I have some ideas for blog posts,
maybe a "day in the life" most of those posts were for younger infants, time management is still a pretty big issue for older kids.
Big kid room posts? We used to have a lot of nursery set up posts.
maybe a post on self care, recharging, or mom life?
Maybe a post on saving for college/retirement?
for school age working moms, how to manage before and after care, spring break, summer break or schools out days?
How you handle homework or other school issues
Older discipline issues like handing lying, allowances,etc.
Also, I love the gift guides and complied answers posts that @Mrs. Bee used to publish, maybe a recent favorite books post/what we are reading now type post? Or for meal ideas-what's for dinner post?
In all seriousness, love you guys, please keep it up!
blogger / persimmon / 1478 posts
I’m not as much of an old timer as some folks mentioned but for me the slowdown has been similar- kid is getting older (almost 5!), things keep feeling busier, and ideas are slow to come. I do check on the boards semi regularly (once a week or so), but I often feel like I don’t have a lot to contribute on a subject to fully flesh out a solid blog post. It’s interesting to hear that folks are interested in hearing about older kid stuff. I always got the opposite impression! I’ll definitely use this as inspiration to think through some posts.
clementine / 942 posts
@Mrs. Carrot: I think most of us are also getting older children and therefore, we need to think about those problems as well.
Mine are only 3.5 and 1, but I can see those problems coming down.
If anyone moves with older kids, I would love to hear about it. I will be moving in a few years (military) with my 5.5 and 3.5 yr olds.
apricot / 352 posts
I'd like to chime in again, for all the current bloggers.
I am a long time HelloBee lurker. I think I started reading the blogs & boards about 2 years before we TTC. I love to read & learn, so it really helped me identify some topics to discuss with my husband about child-rearing and give a real-life spin to what would actually happen when baby came!
So my point is that even though the site doesn't seem to be for parents of older kids, I personally would love to read about what is to come.
I also love reading about all the different parenting types. I had no idea what Montessori was, but that guest blogger always has great information!
And I wouldn't have even known that cloth diapers were a thing if it weren't for HelloBee (thank you for $$ saved!)
I grew up in a Boston suburb, went to college in VT, moved to TX and now live in ME. I always though of myself as 'normal suburban' but now I lean a little more 'crunchy urban'.
I'll say again, this is my only mom support, we don't have a village (yet, hopefully). And as an introvert, I truly appreciate that this site is virtual, and relatively anonymous. (and kind!)
This was a little rambling, but I will do anything to keep the HelloBee community thriving!
persimmon / 1013 posts
I am so grateful to HB for being here when I was processing my pregnancy loss a few years ago. I did not know where to turn in real life & both the gems on the TTC/Loss boards & the blog posts on loss got me through my darkest times! So many wonderful women on here, but I have been noticing a slowdown in general. I personally find it difficult to use the site on my iPhone, so that coupled with less free time means I’m hardly online anymore. It would be so sad to see it fizzle further but I also don’t blame them for leaving it alone at this point...
I’m always keen to read posts on older kids since I find the challenges seem to morph so always keen to be aware of what could be coming my way!
pomegranate / 3842 posts
I see there were 3 blog posts yesterday (March 9), so maybe they're reading this thread!
wonderful pomelo / 30590 posts
@tinyperson: We're having an impact!!
@tinyperson: We definitely are. I made a note for myself to do more thinking and writing, and I know other bloggers are. Hearing that there's an interest in older kid content definitely helps! Keep the ideas coming, we're listening!
wonderful kiwi / 23622 posts
I'm committed to being better about commenting on the blog posts too!
blogger / eggplant / 11550 posts
I'm really trying, and this thread definitely made an impact!
@snowjewelz: thank you!! comments are motivating because it's the best indicator that people are reading and connecting. though you've always been pretty good about commenting.
@bamblm: lots of great ideas here, and super helpful list!
hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25448 posts
It feels like this post might have spurred on some blogging! It's nice to see some posts again. Thank you, bloggers.
persimmon / 1070 posts
@mediagirl: Yeah, I feel like the boards are more active too! I'm making an effort to post rather than lurk.
cherry / 134 posts
I would love to see a blog post on compromise, and how to work through disagreements with your partner in parenting styles. My husband and I are both so emphatic about raising our daughter the best way possible. When we disagree on what that is, it's hard to come to a middle ground!
grapefruit / 4117 posts
Somebody up thread mentioned about guest blogs from members who post on the Boards and I think this is a really good idea! I’m sure lots of us would have an interesting story / blog to share even if they’re not interested in a regular gig and it could be a nice way to fill in gaps between “offical” blogs.
Posts about self care/marriage/relationships too!!
blogger / cherry / 171 posts
Thanks for the input on blog ideas. Sometimes it's difficult to know what people what to read. Some topics with my son are specific to health and development issues, so it's hard to know if that's relevant to other parents. And it does get trickier writing about your older kiddo while being sensitive to their privacy. Thanks for starting the thread and the comments - it's really helpful!
@Kemma: yes I would love to read more guest posts!
coffee bean / 39 posts
I'm so glad that someone brought this all up! I had been having trouble getting my login information correct, but now that I finally figured it out I am looking forward to contributing more as well. I will echo what many others have said that this is such a unique, positive community that anything we can do to keep it going would be awesome.
apricot / 427 posts
@mediagirl: Agree! Love the increase in posts!
blogger / apricot / 275 posts
@Kemma: I am going to look into this! Stay tuned!!! I will report back hopefully w/in a week.
@mediagirl: Yes it definitely did! We're actively working to get more posts up and do a better job engaging our readers. Hopefully you'll continue to see more posts each day.
pomelo / 5788 posts
@Mrs. High Heels: I just submitted an original travel blog post inspired by yours.If they don't take it, I guess I'll have to start a blog.
@Mrs. Smoothie: I have a LO with health and development needs. I would love to hear more. Please! Even though these issues may not be common, I would hope blog posts can sometimes provide insight into families that have to navigate these issues.
cantaloupe / 6022 posts
I've noticed the slowdown on the boards too, it has been a little sad lately, but I think as people mentioned up-thread, it has a lot to do with current events. We used to have threads for tons of big news stories, especially during/after the election, but I think people burnt out/got tired of having some of the same debates all over again. I know I sometimes would start to read a big thread with lots of posts but would stop commenting because other people were making similar points that I would.
I don't really read the blog unless I'm trying to research a question I'm having, like a developmental stage or ideas for gifts around bdays/holidays, so I hadn't noticed that slow down...
@808love: I'm glad you submitted it!! I'm looking forward to reading it and seeing all your pictures!
pear / 1879 posts
I love this community, I started reading and lurking long before I was even TTC and then joined when I needed a community and support that I wasn't getting enough of in real life. I am glad to see things picking up, even on subjects or places I'm not in yet because then later I can search and get all sorts of answers.
blogger / pomegranate / 3278 posts
Thank you for the post. It was the boost I needed to get back into the community. We are well into the elementary school life and boy is it an adventure! Lots to tell if I can get the time to sit down at a computer.
@Mrs. High Heels: I loved seeing your posts. How did our kids get so big so fast?
@Mrs. Train: Seriously, where did the time go?? I would love to see some posts from you again - glad you're back!!
nectarine / 2055 posts
Yay! @Mrs. Train is back! May I humbly request an update to the fantastic group Halloween costumes posts? Those were amazing! And I seem to recall that you did a summer vacation educational post that was awesome too. If you're still doing things like that, I, for one, would love to read about them!
I'm pumped to see @Mrs. Twine on this thread too! I still think about your excellent post on art supplies when I am attempting to corral some of the stuff that's scattered across our (similarly ugly!) art table. I miss your baking/food discussions, too, although I think those occurred more on the boards.
wonderful apple seed / 16831 posts
The blog posts lately have been amazing. Nice to see the comments and the community engagement.
eggplant / 11141 posts
I'm loving all the pop-ins from the bloggers we haven't heard from in so long! Can everyone come back for a pop in? haha.
I wanna hear from Mrs. Wagon and everyone else that was posting when I first joined 5 years ago.
pomegranate / 3750 posts
@Anagram: Agreed! I joined 5 years ago and I miss @Mrs. Wagon too!
blogger / nectarine / 2606 posts
I almost want to get all us old-timers back for a reunion-style post. Haha.
@honeybear You should see how our art area has grown, and some of the crazy things the girls are making now. Ellie has to be one of the most creative, innovative kids I've met. She's constantly building, inventing, and making things. Lorelei is definitely more of a rule follower-- she's not inventing, but if she wants to make something she will follow every single direction to a 't.' My cooking style has changed some, too. I'm working part-time now and have upped my repertoire of quick cooking and crockpot meals.
If I wrote a quick post (or a few) what would be helpful? What sort of things, other than general big kid happenings, would be of interest?
@Mrs. Twine: Yessss! We need a life update from everyone!
@Mrs. Twine: anything that is going on in your current life... quick dinner is something everyone can relate to, but whatever you are dealing with. You went back to work part-time, what do you like/don't like? Struggles with that?
I also enjoy the praise posts - 3 things I'm loving right now, 10 things I'm grateful for etc.
And I'm ok with quick posts also! I'm not sure if you have 'regulations' you are supposed to follow as bloggers, but 3-4 paragraphs saying... this week is really busy, here is what I did to prep, here is where we succeeded and here is where we failed.
Long in-depth posts are awesome and informative, but quick snapshots into someone else's life is also great, because now I know I'm not alone when al my careful planning get tossed out the window because of something.
pear / 1979 posts
As much as they are bittersweet - I really like when bloggers spend the time to write "goodbye" posts, It gives me closure
@Mrs. Twine: I would love an update! I just miss “hearing” your voice. Even an update on where life is at these days would be great. Like how did you decide to go back part-time, how is that working for your family, have you encountered any challenges, etc.
And I agree, so nice to see old familiar names popping in.
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: thank you for starting this thread and speaking up on something that was in the back of so many minds.
nectarine / 2019 posts
@Mrs. Train: I am ridiculously excited to see you pop in!!
@TemperanceBrennan: Totally agree. At least we know they won't be coming back instead of wondering what happened.
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I also want to thank you for posting this thread
@Mrs. High Heels: Time is the weirdest things. Every day drags on like bedtime will never come but then I blink and its mid march. I just don't get it.
@honeybear: Thanks, I can definitely do some of those. So far we still seem to manage group costumes. Some day i know my kids will tell me they are done but until then I am going to milk it for all I can.
@JennyLayneAZ: Thank you.
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