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My favorite Happiest Mom posts (an outsider-turned-insider’s perspective)

by Sarah Powers on December 27, 2012

This post is by Sarah Powers, Happiest Mom contributor and Managing Editor, and blogger at Powers of Mine.

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When I came on as Managing Editor here at The Happiest Mom a few months ago, I was already a big fan of Meagan and the blog. I’d been a regular reader here for a couple of years, I read Meagan’s book when it came out in 2011, and later that year I was lucky enough to be in a small group online writing class she taught.

As a reader, what kept me coming back to this space was just how helpful I found the content to be. And not just in an instructive, “10 Easy Dinners for Less than $5″ or “How to Potty Train Your Child” kind of way (though Meagan certainly has the chops and experience to be super helpful in many of those areas), but also in a “Wow, I love that way of looking at it” kind of way. I was drawn to Meagan’s writing because it was commonsense and practical, inclusive and non-judgmental, thoughtful and uplifting.

Now I’m on the other side…sort of.

In my role as editor I get to work with the diverse and really talented guest writers we’ve been featuring lately, I get to brainstorm with Meagan about the kind of content that will best serve you, our readers, and I get to contribute to the blog myself. (Can we just pause for a sec while I pinch myself? Because, yeah. It’s been awesome.) And while 90% of the posts in the Happiest Mom archives pre-date my involvement, I can’t help but feel some pride in being associated with them.

And yet, at the same time, I’m still a reader first. I cried with many of you at Meagan’s post last week about experiencing the joy of The Nutcracker just hours after news broke out of Newtown. I continue to find posts from our archives that are relevant to my life. I may be on “the inside” now, but I read our posts like many of you do – for a dose of real life, common sense and inspiration delivered gently and relatably from someone I genuinely like and admire.

So as we approach a New Year I thought I’d take you back into the Happiest Mom archives from this outsider-turned-insider perspective and share some of my favorite posts. Some of these have stayed with me since the first time I read them, and others have surfaced as new favorites as I’ve gotten to know our content better. Some are among our most popular posts ever, and others are a little more obscure. Whether you’re a new reader here or a longtime fan of Meagan’s, I hope you’ll find something in this list that resonates to what’s going on in your life as a mom these days.

(Oh! And if you have any topics you’d love to have us cover in 2013, be sure to leave us a note in the comments. I happen to know the editor.)

My favorite Happiest Mom posts: an outsider-turned-insider’s perspective (in no particular order)

…on personal and professional inspiration: What every mom with a dream needs: encouragement

…on shiny teakettles and little things that make us happy: Why do I hire help? Because I want to, that’s why.

…on being intentional about building your tribe: Five secrets to building a social life as a mom

…on creating a home and neighborhood for kids to be kids: 6 ways to encourage free play, create stronger communities, and raise safer kids

…on getting dinner on the table without reinventing the wheel: The Six-Meal Shuffle: Extremely Simplified Meal-Planning

…on being worth it: shopping, showers & self-sacrifice: the lesson of the blue dress

…on losing the labels: On labels and limits: why I no longer call myself an “attachment parent”

…on family dinners being functional, not perfect: What my mom taught me about getting dinner on the table

…on being okay with our choices: Homeschool, public school, private? Education choices and the ideal mother

…on not changing who you are: The mom you are is the mom your children need.

…on vulnerability: What’s your parenting Achilles’ heel?

Do you have any favorite Happiest Mom posts? Anything you’d like to see us cover in the coming year?

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Megan December 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

I love a “best of” list – so often I discover things I missed the first time around! I’m a fairly new reader, but already this site is the first one I check when I sit down to do some online reading. When the days get long, the writing here makes me feel less alone and incompetent. Thank you all so much for what you do.


Sarah Powers December 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

Oh, thank you Megan! That’s the highest compliment. Hope you find some new favorites in this list. Happy New Year! :) -Sarah


Susan January 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

thank you for this list. i discovered The Happiest Mom at the bookstore in 2011. fairly new to the online blog. finding everything very helpful!


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