5 Parenting Lessons I Have Learnt From Starting A Blog

One year of blogging. In July of 2016 I started OddHogg. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, why I was doing it or what I wanted to achieve. All I knew is that I wanted to give it a try.

It has been a steep learning curve. Not only did I have to work out all the technical side of blogging, I had to learn blogging etiquette and work out how to keep Piglet alive at the same time. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and to celebrate making it through in one piece I’ve teamed up with some brands to give you a month of giveaways.

Today though, I thought I’d share with you the five parenting lessons I’ve learnt because of OddHogg.

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1. Everyone Has An Opinion – But It Doesn’t Have To Be A Bad Thing

Piglet was 4 months old when I started blogging and I was already accustomed to getting opinions from every man and their dog thrust down my throat. It was really refreshing to come into the blogging world and discover that there are people out there who aren’t judging you for doing something different.

Of course there will always be someone who doesn’t agree with you, but I have received very little in the way of negative comments. It’s actually been quite fun discussing differing opinions in a mature way and learning things from both sides.

2. You Know Best, But It’s OK To Ask For Help

Reading other blog posts, speaking to other mums and writing about my experiences has proven what a wealth of knowledge there is out there. Sometimes, you just don’t know how to cope with a certain situation. It really pays to have someone from the outside look at it wit fresh eyes and make a suggestion of what to do. You don’t have to do what they say, and they may not even be right, but knowing that someone cares enough to offer some help is important.

3. You Need Mum Friends

Very few of my friends have children. I didn’t think that would matter, and it doesn’t….. much. Unfortunately there are just some things they will never understand unless they have children of their own. Those friendships are still there – but they have changed.

Once I had found my feet in the blogging world I started to speak to familiar facesΒ usernames on a more regular basis. I now have a greta group of mums with kids of all ages that I speak to daily. We’re definitely a ragtag bunch, but we have enough in common to keep each other sane when babies won’t sleep and all you want to do is jump into a vat of prosecco and stay there.

I’ll be meeting some of these women in September, and then I’ll no longer have to be slightly concerned I’m being catfished! Until then we will continue to chat daily on whatsapp.

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4. Perfect Is Impossible – And Not As Much Fun

I’m sure we all had images of our perfect family life while we were pregnant. I know I could picture the time we were going to spend together as a family, in our immaculate and perfectly decorated home. No one told me parenting was going to be easy, but they didn’t tell me it was going to be this hard either.

Perfect in the traditional sense hasn’t happened, but what we have is perfect for us. I see posts all the time of tired and grubby kids who have had an absolute ball. It seems way more fun than trying to maintain a picture perfect image – and fun is what I am now striving for.

5. Not Everyone Is A Pinterest Mum

I am as un-crafty as you get. I have no imagination, no artistic flare and no patience. I had the fear a little bit thinking about the craft activities that seem to be associated with having kids. Everywhere I looked people were posting about their perfectly crafted Christmas cards and homemade playdoh.

Blogging has shown me the other side. The hilarious behind the scenes shot of crafts parents have attempted with their kids that they’re trying to make suitable for going out on social media. As with all things online – only the best is shown. So when we start getting crafty I have the remember that everyone has crap artwork somewhere, and that doesn’t mean they love it any less.

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To kick start the Blogiversary giveaways I have a Discoveroo Magnetic Rocket from 1 Two Kids. It is a wooden toy (my favourite kind!) that is connected via 8 invisible magnets. A fun stacking toy with 3 characters to create all sorts of space adventures.

If you would like to win one of your own then simply enter via Rafflecopter below:

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  1. Tracy Nixon
    5th July 2017 / 12:30 pm

    For my son thank you!

  2. Pamela Gossage
    5th July 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I would love it for my grandson

  3. Peter Watson
    5th July 2017 / 12:51 pm

    This would be a gift for my grandaughter

  4. stuart hargreaves
    5th July 2017 / 1:03 pm

    my young nephew ideal

  5. iain maciver
    5th July 2017 / 1:40 pm

    perfect for my nephews

  6. Sue McCarthy
    5th July 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  7. Tracy Hanley
    5th July 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I would love to win this for my grandson

  8. Becky Yeomans
    5th July 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter!

  9. Pauline Hill
    5th July 2017 / 4:44 pm

    a treat for my grandson

  10. Alana Walker
    5th July 2017 / 5:46 pm

    For my little nephew.x

  11. KEVIN000
    5th July 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I’d like to win this for my granddaughters

  12. fiona waterworth
    5th July 2017 / 7:36 pm

    my grandaughter temperance

    • OddHogg
      5th July 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Sad but true my friend – sad but true!

  13. Karen Barrett
    5th July 2017 / 8:34 pm

    For my grandchildren please.

  14. S Edwards
    5th July 2017 / 8:55 pm

    my twins to share x

  15. janine atkin
    5th July 2017 / 9:00 pm

    id love this for my nephew

  16. Emma Whitworth
    5th July 2017 / 9:07 pm

    My little one who has autism would absolutely love this

  17. jules eley
    5th July 2017 / 9:16 pm

    i would love to win this for my niece.

  18. Sidrah Ahmed
    5th July 2017 / 9:16 pm

    My son would love this

  19. Martina Pichova
    5th July 2017 / 9:27 pm

    For my daughter – It would be great for her imagination.

  20. Rebecca Duncan
    5th July 2017 / 10:03 pm

    For my boys πŸ™‚

  21. EJ Dunn
    5th July 2017 / 10:41 pm

    For my daughter, due in November πŸ™‚

  22. Heather Hibbert
    6th July 2017 / 12:29 am

    My stepson

  23. Solange
    6th July 2017 / 12:54 am

    I would love to win this for my daughter.

  24. Chris Bull
    6th July 2017 / 9:10 am

    My youngest grandson Oliver, he’d love it πŸ™‚

  25. Lorna Ledger
    6th July 2017 / 10:22 am

    my lovely niece and nephew

  26. Susan Smith
    6th July 2017 / 3:50 pm

    For my little Grandson Joshua

  27. Angela Treadway
    6th July 2017 / 7:39 pm

    i would give it to my friends little boy x

  28. maria blythin
    6th July 2017 / 8:28 pm

    i would love this for my harley xx thanksfor the competition

  29. Helen Stratton
    7th July 2017 / 9:29 am

    For my Beatrice πŸ™‚

  30. Karen Early
    7th July 2017 / 11:46 am

    Amazing prize that would son would adore

  31. Kayleigh Watkins
    7th July 2017 / 2:42 pm

    I would love to tin for my four year old daughter who loves rockets and building thins, and as its wooden it should still be OK for when my 4 month old daughter is big enough to play with it xxx

  32. Judy kennedy
    7th July 2017 / 3:38 pm

    For my cousin’s son Charlie

  33. Clare Hubbard
    7th July 2017 / 4:06 pm

    This would be perfect for my son

  34. Angela McDonald
    7th July 2017 / 7:12 pm

    I’d love to win this for my nephew!

  35. Rachel Craig
    7th July 2017 / 11:30 pm


    8th July 2017 / 12:23 am

    My grandson Elijah !

  37. Soph H
    8th July 2017 / 10:26 am

    My cousin just had a baby so i would win it for her

  38. Angela Boucher
    8th July 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I would love to win this for my son.

  39. Margaret gallagher
    8th July 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Perfect for Ethan thankyou

  40. Kerry Taylor
    8th July 2017 / 8:42 pm

    My little boy would love this!

  41. Katie Skeoch
    9th July 2017 / 12:24 am

    I’d love to win for my sons

  42. Lisa Wilkinson
    9th July 2017 / 10:40 pm

    For my little girl

  43. 10th July 2017 / 11:13 am

    Happy bloggerversary, I find blogging so very rewarding and it sounds like you’ve had a good years learning. It’s so important to realise that perfection in the traditional sense is unrealistic and you just need to seek perfection for you. Mich X

  44. 10th July 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I am coming up to a year since starting my blog in September. It has really flown by. There is so much to learn isn’t there? I have struggled mostly with the technical side of things. Even last night I was struggling to figure something out. The biggest, and best, thing I have learned over the last year is that the blogging community is fantastic. I am proud to be a part of it. x

  45. 10th July 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Oh it is so true, blogging is definitely a learning curve. Thank you for the great post and the awesome giveaway. x

  46. Jodie A Green
    11th July 2017 / 4:47 pm

    perfect for my little boy

  47. 11th July 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Happy first blogoversary! It’s mine later this month too and I cannot believe how fast the last year has gone. I’m terrible at crafts as well and I did briefly worry about starting a blog that wouldn’t include any, I needn’t have as I soon realised there are plenty of other people who brake out in hives at the mention of glitter too ?

    • OddHogg
      11th July 2017 / 11:15 pm

      Glitter….. shudder

  48. Sally Collingwood
    11th July 2017 / 9:32 pm

    For my grandson, looks mind boggling!

  49. melissa crowe
    12th July 2017 / 12:22 am

    My son, thankyou for the chance

  50. Michaela Hannah
    12th July 2017 / 6:30 am

    I’d love to win it for my 2 sons

  51. Rebecca
    13th July 2017 / 1:58 pm

    For our little one!

  52. Jo Carroll
    13th July 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I love wooden toys…I’d give this to my tiny niece – you never know she could be the first woman on Mars one day – that’s Mars the planet…lots of women are already on the choccy kind πŸ˜‰

  53. Nigel Rummey
    13th July 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Ideal for my nephew.

  54. 14th July 2017 / 12:53 am

    Amen to being an uncrafty mum – I swear I’m allergic to PVA glue, haha! Happy blog anniversary!

  55. Rich Tyler
    17th July 2017 / 4:36 pm

    For my little boy πŸ™‚

  56. Arabella Bazley
    18th July 2017 / 7:56 am

    Wooden toys are the best. They last the test of time you can imagine rediscovering them in the attic many years later! I’d love to give this to my nephew’s little girl, I think it would make a magnificent first play gift for any child.

  57. Stevie
    19th July 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I would like to win the rocket for my nephew.

  58. Shannon F
    20th July 2017 / 5:38 am

    I want to win for my daughters!

  59. amy bondoc
    20th July 2017 / 3:31 pm

    id love to win this for my nephew πŸ™‚

  60. Julie Smith
    20th July 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I’d like to win it for my little niece πŸ™‚

  61. Sarah Mackay
    20th July 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Would love to win this for my daughter Morgan

  62. lyn burgess
    22nd July 2017 / 5:17 pm

    For my little girl, please

  63. Rachel Butterworth
    24th July 2017 / 9:39 pm

    For my nephew.

  64. Jeanette Leighton
    25th July 2017 / 1:10 am

    For my daughter Sheriah 4

  65. Lorraine Kirk
    25th July 2017 / 5:28 pm

    For my son

  66. Allan Fullarton
    26th July 2017 / 7:44 pm

    For my son.

  67. Hannah Wallington
    26th July 2017 / 8:40 pm

    My little girl would love this!

  68. Edward Guerreiro
    27th July 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I would like to win it for my niece.

  69. Anita Missen
    27th July 2017 / 11:52 pm

    I would love to win this for my neice. She would love it. Xx

  70. Melanie Boulby-Allen
    28th July 2017 / 6:29 am

    6 kids in total and will be kept at grandads

    28th July 2017 / 10:51 am

    For my grandson

  72. carol boffey
    28th July 2017 / 2:52 pm

    for my cousins kids

  73. donna l jones
    28th July 2017 / 6:49 pm

    my grandson

  74. Sheri Darby
    28th July 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I would love one for my daughter

  75. Rebecca Leon
    28th July 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I would love this for my son.

  76. Laura Pritchard
    28th July 2017 / 10:44 pm

    For my son, he’d love it!

  77. Katy Malkin
    28th July 2017 / 11:27 pm

    My daughter as I think it would hold her interest

  78. sharon stanley
    29th July 2017 / 9:54 am

    My daughter has sensory issues and already has a nice collection of wooden toys. I know that she would love to add this one to her collection. Thank you for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  79. Rachael Sexey
    29th July 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I would love to win this for my son 😼

  80. Miss Tracy Hanson
    29th July 2017 / 1:33 pm

    My great-niece and great-nephew would love this. Thanks for the chance.

  81. Kim Styles
    29th July 2017 / 3:11 pm

    It would be for my nephew and probably my other half might need to play with it too!

  82. Danielle Pooley
    29th July 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I’ll love to win it for my little boy

  83. Anthea Holloway
    29th July 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I would love to win this for my grandson who would absolutely love to have it and play with it.

  84. Sarah Fielding
    29th July 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I would love to win this for my nephew! He would love it!

  85. Lia Burns
    29th July 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I would love to win this for my little boy Lewis x

    29th July 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I would love to win this for my friends son Max

    29th July 2017 / 8:31 pm

    For youngest grandson and myself

  88. Kirsty Woods
    29th July 2017 / 9:31 pm

    For my daughter

  89. 29th July 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I would like to win for my nephew

  90. Jenny Rogers
    29th July 2017 / 11:16 pm

    This would make a lovely gift for my goddaughter.

  91. Donna W
    29th July 2017 / 11:25 pm

    For my little boy. Thank you for the opportunity.

  92. lynn savage
    29th July 2017 / 11:31 pm

    i would love to win this for my lovely little grandson JJ

  93. Natalie Crossan
    29th July 2017 / 11:47 pm

    I’d love to win for my daughter xxx

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