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Top 5 Posts of 2014

stephanie-davies-arai-writingWordPress kindly sent me my blogging stats for 2014 and I thought I would present the top 5 posts here in my own personal Hit Parade. In case you missed any, you understand, and not because I have a mind so fugged with chocolate over-consumption that there is no chance of me writing a new witty and engaging post until at least half-way through January.

These are my Top 5 viewed posts during 2014, and not necessarily my 5 Top Liked posts (this will become clear when we get to number 3) so here we go:

5. Mothers Are Role Models

Just making it into the top 5, a post from March in which I basically smugly boast about how much I have always fallen short of the Mother ideal, and present that as a positive thing. No wonder it was so popular.

4. A Language Guide For Grandparents

Storming in at number 4 is a relatively recent post, from November, and I’m not surprised this one was viewed so much, containing, as it does, a really helpful and illuminating guide to the changes in parenting language over the years. Though I say so myself.

3. Explaining Things to Your Children

Earning its position at number 3, obviously through the vast number of views rather than the…ahem…paltry number of Likes, is this post which is actually from March 2013 so it’s had a lot of staying power. But still only 5 people have actually Liked it. Maybe this is to do with the fact that its title suggests one thing (how to explain things to your children) and delivers the opposite (how not to). I’m imagining the huge number of disappointed people who read this post. Let’s see how it continues to disappoint through 2015.

2. The Pressure to be Nice

Runner-up in this year’s list is a post that obviously struck a nerve in October of last year, in which I have a bit of a rant about being nice. Obviously there are a lot of other parents out there who don’t measure up to the niceness bar that society has set for us and I am happy to know it’s not just me.

1. How Do I Explain Page 3 to My Kids?

The runaway winner though, in terms of both views and Likes, is this little slice of practical advice, from June, about how to talk to your kids about Page 3. Although I have to say that this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the fact that the No More Page 3 campaign has such a huge platform this piece could not fail to reach a much larger audience than usual. I wish they’d post everything I write.

So there you go. Thanks for reading my blog last year, special thanks to the five people who Liked ‘Explaining Things to Your Children’ and my resolution for 2015 is to make more of an effort to make the title fit the post. Happy New Year!

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