12/31/14

The Best Moments and Post Of 2014

I can't believe this is my last post of 2014!  I feel like I should come up with some seriously profound pearls of wisdom to close out the year. And what a year it has been...



It started with Parenting.com naming First Time Mom & Dad a top blog of 2013, then the Bloggies gave me Top Parenting blog and Best Writing of a Blog nods. The wild child entered the terrible twos with commendable spirit. FTD finally got his green card. We bought a house. I was invited to the Continental Tire proving grounds to drive fast cars on wet roads. And went!  I started writing regularly for parenting.com, the Huffington post and freelancing my butt off. I wrote a letter to my mother that's being published in a book... 2014. Holy Crap.


Surely, I can think of some Pearls of Wisdom to share that I learned during my amazing year...



1. Don't do any of the dumb shit you did this year, next year.
2. Find the humor in parenting or die trying.
3. Pamper yourself at least once a month. 
4. Forgive yourself. Parenting is hard sometimes.
5. Work on your relationship with your partner. It's a team effort that needs lots of practices, a few good games, and lots of celebrating after the particularly hard practices and games.

Thank you all so much for your support, encouragement and for coming back everyday to laugh and cry with me, and remind me that I'm not the only one dealing with a serial streaker who thinks the potty is going to swallow him up. 

Without further ado, the 20 best posts of 2014... (I tried to pick just 14, but with 300 posts... cutting it down to 20 was hard! These posts were read and shared an astonishing amount of times!)

20. The Key To Sleep Training A Toddler

19. Ever Notice How Toddlers run EVERYWHERE?

18. 5 Things You Can Do To Make Learning Fun For Your Toddler

17. Dear Karma, My toddler... My mom said to tell you, well played. #TerribleTwos

16. Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Poop... Welcome to the MBA--Mothers of Boys Association.

15. We Bought A 1920's Fixer-Upper! Why, Yes... We Are Completely Nuts!

14. Sometimes, Parenting Is The Worst Part About Being A Parent.

13. Tips For Dealing With Potty-Training Regression

12. 10 Sanity Saving Parenting Tips

11. Family Fun Ideas To Make The Winter Weekends Less Blah...


10. I Finally Weaned My Son. It Only Took 2-Years And 4-Months... OK. Four Days.

9. 10 Things My Toddler Is Doing That Will Make Yours Look Like An Angel

8. 20 Defining MOMents of Motherhood. A.k.a. You Know You're a Mom When...

7. Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Amazing Facts About Toddlers.

6. 10 Things I Learned About Breastfeeding... The Hard Way #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

5. I Don't Want To Be In This Body Anymore.

4. We've Crossed The Potty Training Line. #OnHisTerms #EpicFail

3. Sleep Training Update: The King Size Bed... EPIC FAIL!


2. I'm Trying To Get In A Lifetime Of Hugs In Less Than Five Years.

And last, the post that I caught the most shit for. It went viral on the Huffington post US,  and then was republished in two languages-Spanish & German!  I never would have guessed it since I wrote in in about twenty minutes as a huge joke...

1. Toys You Should Never Ever Buy Your Child.

And there you have it, a complete personal and blog recap of 2014. I have no idea what 2015 will bring, but I'm excited to find out! 

Thank you for a wonderful year.  I hope the next 365 are our best yet...

Happy New Year! 













In addition to being the founder of First Time Mom and Dad, April is an award-winning published writer. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com

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