Am I a Blogger ?

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I’ve been blogging for two years now, I don’t know when I started calling myself a “Blogger” but really who is a blogger ?

a person who regularly writes material for a blog

While some people wouldn’t consider it a real job, it actually generates an income. Because of the last part of the previous sentence, some people think it’s easy to sit home and post on their blog while money will begin to pour to their account. Obviously it’s not that easy but it’s doable, along with paid opportunities as well.

I started this blog as means of an outlet for my postpartum depression and I ventured from there to post about variety of topics, honestly I didn’t think of myself as a blogger. According to most articles you’ll read, they’ll focus on something called SEO and it’s like rocket science to me. I tried understanding it but I think I’m just slow. Because of that, I didn’t see myself as your typical blogger. I still used my blog as a personal space for me and I guess in the blogging community that would be called “niche” or more of my brand.

Being a blogger has been my self-improvement method, it requires me to be a photographer, a critic, a story-teller. Creating content is never an easy task, we bloggers constantly wondering if what we publish would be good enough or enjoyable for the readers. Sometimes numbers of traffic and views would make some obsessed or stressed and it’s definitely not healthy. I’ve fallen to this trap before and I’ve been trying ever since not to compare my blog stats with others, I write whatever I want without sticking to a niche for example calling myself a Mom Blogger who’s supposed to post about parenting and motherhood only.

My point of this post is, it’s okay if you want to blog without categorizing yourself to a label. It’s okay to try to take on blogging opportunities even if you think your blog doesn’t have that many followers or you’re not good enough. As long as you call yourself a “Blogger” you are considered to be a creative person since you create content.

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Tips on Road Tripping with a Toddler

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Whether it’s driving a few hours away to visit friends and family, or traveling to a new place to go sightseeing, road trips are supposed to be a fun way to travel, but with a toddler they can be downright awful. Toddlers have a very short attention span, so even a few minutes, much less a few hours, of sitting still can be near impossible for them. Usually that means they start kicking and crying, doing anything to get your attention. When you’re driving, a toddler’s antics are not only annoying, but dangerous. I’ve been going to UAE from time to time by car and it’s about 5 hours, sometimes more and that depends on the traffic or how many stops we have to take. Of course my first time going was really tiring because as a first time mom I was already clueless and I didn’t know what to do, my son was around 4 months by that time. With time I’ve gained experience and it’s been a lot smoother lately, also because my son is old enough to behave now. I’ve already posted about flying with a toddler, if you’re interested you can check it here.

So, here are a few tips on how to travel with a toddler that will make a road trip much smoother.

First off, always make sure you have taken proper safety measures before hitting the road. Toddlers accidentally hurt themselves all the time, but if you’re prepared then this will only be a minor setback instead of a major one. Check that your car seat is installed properly and that your toddler is buckled in. Bring a first-aid kit, plenty of water, and a flashlight just in case you have car trouble. In my country there are no strict rules about child safety and that just irritates me because I’ve seen so many parents put their children on their lap while they drive. Only recently those rules has been forced and it’s going to take time for people to understand child safety is very important, of course you would want your child unharmed and safe so please always use a car seat.

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My next tip is to drive at night. There are usually less cars on the road which can make your trip easier, but most importantly, your toddler will sleep through the trip instead of being wide-awake and making a fuss. If you can get your toddler to sleep for most of the drive, you’ll have a very easy time. In my case, me and my husband always choose times around afternoon because it’s easier for us to have lunch on the road and then my son would have his afternoon nap, so it works well both way as long as you know your child’s sleeping times. If you have to drive during the daytime like I do, be prepared for pit stops. Plan to stop at least every thirty minutes on your journey for bathroom breaks and to let your little one stretch his or her legs. I would suggest mapping out stopping points before you leave, so you’ll know you are stopping at safe and sanitary places.

Another tip is to relax on the normal rules you have. Keeping your toddler happy is very important during a long road trip, so if that means he or she gets to have a few more sugary snacks or gets to play on the iPad a little longer than usual, it’s okay. Like I mentioned earlier, toddlers have a very short attention span so it’s really not their fault that they can’t sit still for extended periods of time. It can also help to have one parent in the backseat, playing with your toddler to keep him busy. You and your partner can take turns driving and playing with your young one throughout the trip.

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If you are looking for road trip inspiration, check out this guide on the longest roads in the world by CarRentals.com.

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Flying with a Toddler

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Being a mom is exhausting, not only we got to endure the sudden tantrums in public but also how others would look at us when it happens. Some would probably start judging your parenting methods as well and that’s already irritating to deal with. However, when you are on a plane it’s hard to run away from those judging looks when your child decides to scream his/her lungs out.

Here’s some things that helped me ease the whole flight process with my son.

  • Be prepared. Before the flight, be sure to put everything you need in the baby bag. I’ve kept a list of things that I may or may not need but better safe than sorry.
  • Bring any form of entertainment. I’m not a fan of children behind iPad screens but it was my last resort when my son was bored from the toys I brought for him for that flight. I downloaded those 1 hour nursery rhymes videos that he always watch before bed and it kept him occupied for awhile.

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  • Snacks. Because plane snacks aren’t enough to distract a toddler, I brought juice and biscuits with me in the baby bag. Of course you have to be careful not to spill anything, can’t handle more of the embarrassment of a crying child plus messy seating.

My advice to moms, just have some patience. If you could book a flight during your child bedtime, it would help a lot and time will pass easily.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this small post and have a nice day.

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