The BEST of JMB: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

The BEST of JMB: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

It was another great year for Jacksonville Moms Blog! We continue to be amazed and humbled at how much our site has grown over the years, but most of all, we are so very thankful to you, our readers, for your consistent support. Jacksonville Moms Blog has always been, and will always be, for YOU.

As we wrap up 2017, we wanted to share our Top 10 most-read blog posts from this year along with a few Honorable Mentions. We hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as we have!

JMB Top 10!

A Little Secret for Working Moms

“Working moms have two jobs — the one that pays them, and the one they love more than life. And there are so many times these two jobs are at odds with each other, are pitted against each other, suck time and energy from each other, and pull a working mom in too many directions when she has no give left to give.”

Living with the Big A: An Open Letter to The Mom Who is Glad She Doesn’t Have a Child Like Mine

“One day, while I was at a school, a pretty awful thing happened. A mom I had just met began to size up and down the look and actions of a teacher. I was shocked; this kind of thing just doesn’t and shouldn’t happen in adulthood. It was inappropriate, and it was about to get downright offensive.”


“We were at a loss. He asked me many times to go to therapy, and I refused. I had been once back in my single days, and I thought it was a joke. He started going without me and then the ultimatum came… go or I go.”


“The number one question people always have whenever we’ve announced a new pregnancy is, “Was it planned?” I hate that question — does it make a difference? Is it any of your business? But in the interest of honesty, I’ll answer it this time. No, it wasn’t planned. It also wasn’t unplanned.”


The One Day That Forever Changed How I Parent

“I’d say my parenting style is riiiiight in the middle of helicopter mom and hands-off mom. My girlfriend calls it “drone parenting” — where we can hover from afar, but swoop in when needed. It’s worked great for me for the past eight years. I don’t feel the need to be hovering over my kids, watching their every move to make sure they don’t get hurt. I also don’t feel the desire to have them out of my sight for extended periods of time, even while at the park.”


The Dreaded U-Word: Unfriended

“Have you been unfriended on Facebook? Did you ask the person why they unfriended you, or did you just move on? I’ve been unfriended before. and I didn’t ask. It’s not that I didn’t want to know. ”


“I didn’t realize our son was “different” until he was in preschool. Because he was our only child, I had nothing to compare his behavior to as I wasn’t an experienced mother. I rarely babysat growing up. He was considered a very active child, climbing on everything, not able to stay seated at meal times or in his chair at school… or anywhere.”


“When our now 4-year-old son Landon was two-and-a-half years old, we took him on a special one last hurrah! trip before our second boy was born. He was a little young to know what was going on, but my husband and I were excited to watch his eyes light up through the magic of Disney World. Our trip had some positive times but also had its share of challenges.”


“But still, packing away the tiny baby clothes was not an easy thing to do — it was a little heartbreaking and so very bittersweet. I almost didn’t do it. Then I looked at the small, 1930s-era closet, which has to fit all of the clothes for twins, and I realized I need to let go.”

Memo to New Moms: It Gets Better (No, Really)

“I think we might have made a mistake,” I whispered conspiratorially to my husband as we lay side by side in the dark, mindlessly playing on our respective smartphones, while our 3-week-old son, Archer, grunted and snorted and whistled just two feet away in his bassinet. “Yeah. This sucks,” he whispered back.”

A Few Honarable Mentions:

Still Trending...

10 Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Jacksonville by Kacey Roache – An oldie but goodie, and still the #1 post of all time!

Mom, Why Are You So Mad? by Vicky Lane

C-Section Secrets: What I Wish I had Known Before My Surgery! by Kacey Roache

The Ultimate Jacksonville Brunch Bucket List by Cheryl Leddy

Water Park Day Trips from Jacksonville by Kacey Roache

Now we want to hear from you! What were some of your favorite JMB Blogs from 2017? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks again for an awesome year, and we look forward to what 2018 has in store. Happy New Year!

Vicky Lane
Vicky Lane is the co-owner and co-founder of Jacksonville Mom (formerly Jax Moms Blog). Since 2012, she has been overseeing the content and technical side of Jacksonville Mom. In this role, she manages over 30 writers and works closely with the managing editor to provide the most relevant content for the Jacksonville parenting community. In her previous career, Vicky obtained her Masters in Education and served as University Registrar at the University of North Florida. Wife to adoring husband John, her love for all things “Mom” began in 2010 when their son Brendan was born. Vicky chose to put her full-time career in higher education on hold to spend time with her new baby, giving her a new respect for motherhood and parenting. In June 2012, John and Vicky welcomed sweet Audrey to the family. Vicky has created an amazing circle of Moms who are continuously seeking new ways to enrich their children’s lives in and around Jacksonville. Being part of the creation of an online parenting resource and small business that serves the great Jacksonville area has allowed her to flourish in a successful career while remaining present for her family.


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