Parenting Blogs You Should be Reading

August 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm (Education & Learning, General)

I follow about 40 parenting blogs. Forty-two to be exact, as well as a dozen scientific journals on child development, psychology, and relationships. There are so many great ones out there, and I have a hard time passing up a good read for my feed.

(By the way, I just love Feedly for easy management of all my subscriptions!)


This just means I have a steady stream of parenting wisdom coming in everyday. I get excited when I see new posts published. The best blogs–my favorites–are published consistently. Not necessarily frequently, but when they’re updated, they consistently have strong, relevant content. In other words, they are consistently good. I want to share them with you.

I know there are many blogs that are great. Some of them I have featured in past posts of the best positive parenting resources and other excellent parenting resources. Some I have in mind for future posts. I’m sure there are plenty I haven’t discovered yet and will be adding to my feed collection sometime soon. Bear with me. I don’t like to do overwhelmingly long posts, so I’m going to keep it simple and stick to just a few favorites. If you don’t have these blogs in your reader, add them today:

Peaceful Parent Institute


Genevieve Simperingham writes on relevant topics that focus on the needs of children. Her perspective goes deep, encouraging us to look below the surface for what is going on with our children (and also within ourselves). She gets to the ‘why’ of a lot of common issues in parenting and helps provide a well-rounded ideas for how to handle them. I love her insight on parent-child relationships.

Janet Lansbury


Janet’s words on raising children are down to earth and practical, and they really get at the essence of a child’s perspective. She shows that we don’t need to turn to gimicks to help children develop properly; they have every capability of doing so, and we need to support and trust their development. Her posts are very empowering, which is exactly what children need: confident parents.

Aha! Parenting


Dr. Laura Markham seems to be everywhere in the parenting world lately, and for good reason. Her daily posts are shared on just about every site, large and small, dedicated to positive parenting. Her work covers the basics of connected, emotion-centered parenting. Dr. Laura once told me she dedicates a lot of hours to keeping up her blog, and it certainly shows. Her thorough, clear posts on a variety of parenting topics are inspiring and helpful to so many moms and dads.

Positive Parenting Connection


Ariadne Brill is a Positive Discipline educator, and I think her blog is so practical. It seems every one of her posts hits the nail on the head with challenges so that many parents face every day with kids. She helps with the how-tos of daily life when you’re aiming for positive parenting. Consistently practical, consistently helpful.

Little Hearts Books


L.R. Knost writes parenting posts from a unique perspective. With 6 kids of her own, she has navigated every stage of child development and shares her wisdom on implementing gentle guidance with young children. What I love is her ability to get behind a child’s perspective to shed some light on challenging behaviors.

Those are just a few of my favorites! I’ll update again soon with more great parenting blogs. What are your favorites? Which ones do you find most helpful? Let me know so I can be sure to add them to my feed!


  1. Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources said,

    What an honor! Thank you so much for including Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources in this group of wonderful parenting authors! 🙂

  2. Marcy Axness said,

    These are some of my favorites as well — and I also noticed in one of your earlier posts that the photo of your stack of books looks like a slice of my office library!!

    I hope you’ll check out Parenting for Peace when you have a moment! I’d love to be your #43!

    Marcy Axness
    author, “Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers” |

    • Kelly said,

      Thanks, Marcy! Adding you to my feed. 🙂

  3. Rochelle said,

    This is an interesting find for my reading for today…Glad you have some great resources to share

  4. Ariadne - Positive Parenting Connection said,

    Kelly, Thank you so much for including me in this wonderful list! Each blog listed is so very helpful and also some of my favorites, truly honored to be included.

  5. Vicky said,

    Been looking for some new blogs. Thanks for the insight. Looking forward to more.

  6. Dan Riles said,

    Could you recommend parenting blogs also written by men for a little balance?

    • Kelly said,

      Hi Dan, two criteria for this “best of” list were that the blog is focused on relationship-based parenting and that it is updated regularly (an active blog). Unfortunately I don’t have any blogs like this in my reader that are written by men! If I do come across some like this I will definitely add them to my feed and hopefully include them in next year’s round-up. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions for me, please do let me know!

  7. thepumpingmama said,

    Thank you for sharing these, I’ve been on the hunt for some fab parenting blogs to follow!

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  9. Erin said,

    Wow! This is a great list for both married and single parents. I am a personal fan of the Positive Parenting Connection. Ariadne is well written and enlightened. Positive parenting is the only way to go especially if you are doing it on your own! Thank you for this list!

  10. Grand Daughters Rising said,

    Thanks for the wonderful blog recommendations!

  11. jessica johns said,

    Thank you for sharing these. I look forward to checking them out! I am already a big fan of Aha! Parenting.

  12. Sujaya said,

    Fantastic list. I follow positive parenting too and love being that kind of a nice parent who respects the child and her feelings.

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