They're not regular moms, they're cool moms
Happy Mother’s Day! Hopefully you’re showering your mom, wherever she is, with her overdue praise and affection. Or, if you’re a mom and you’re reading this, we hope you’re getting all the praise and affection that you deserve.
Parenting, like everything, has become an Internet cottage industry unto itself. And rightfully so: In the vast repository of information on the Internet, shouldn’t there be some space dedicated to the act of raising and cultivating human life? Here now are some of our favorite moms on the Internet, the ones who chronicle the daily struggle of raising kids in hilarious, insightful and heartwarming ways.
Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner kicked around a variety of professions before launching Cool Mom Picks, which is a sort of all-around repository of great mom ideas: Everything from DIY craft ideas to maternity wear “that doesn’t suck.” Chase also wrote The Mominatrix Guide to Sex, so she’s got that going for her as well.
Danielle Faust’s Instagram is peppered equally with hilarious memes, adorable pics of her kids, fitness inspiration, delicious-looking food and moving calls to productivity, positivity and coffee. (She really likes coffee.)
Perhaps the ultimate viral mom, the video of Amanda Leroux singing “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” to her infant daughter Mary Lynne (and subsequently moving the kid to tears) has racked up nearly 39 million views on YouTube since it was posted in October 2013. And to think that, before this, Leroux was too shy to sing in public.
Oztan blogs over at Selfish Mom, where she proclaims, “I don’t believe that my children should be the center of my life, event though they’re the most important thing in it.” It’s this candid take on motherhood, along with tech reviews, recipes and general hilarity (she was voted the funniest mom on Twitter by Babble at one point) that makes Selfish Mom one the best mom blogs out there.
Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s site blends style, travel and health in a pleasing, streamlined site. She also features interviews with various (equally stylish and badass) moms.
“The Glow is a glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms,” Violet Gaynor’s site reads. And it is just that, providing far-ranging profiles of women from Paris, Nashville, Brooklyn and everywhere else with a keen eye towards fashion on style and fashion.
Toya Graham achieved Internet fame when, at the height of the Baltimore riots following Freddie Gray’s controversial death, she was captured on camera collaring and disciplining her son for his role in the riots. Headlines like “Baltimore’s Hero Mom” and “Mother of the Year” followed, and while Graham’s life hasn’t been affected quite as positively as you’d think from the exposure, the video remains a moving testament to the lengths a mother will go to protect her kids.
Rebecca Woolf has been blogging at Girl’s Gone Child since 2005, when she was just 23. Documenting her rocky path through marriage and motherhood, Woolf generated compelling stories and quickly made her blog one of the top destinations for moms on the web. (She’s also one of the few mom blogs with a music section, which seems like a no-brainer.)
Melanie, mom of three, is a welcome Latina voice in a sphere of writing that can feel conspicuously homogenous. She’s also an accomplished photographer and a San Antonio, Texas, native, both of which set her apart from the text-heavy East Coast clique of online moms.
Macfarlane runs Kids Are the Worst, a site that offers a welcome reminder that as great as kids can be, there’s a flip side. Come for the empathy, stay for the laughs.
April Storey’s “wine workout” went wide a few months back. She’s a health coach, fitness educator and needless to say, a mom. Follow her for workout tips, recipes and yeah, some wine.
One artist. One therapist. Two boys. That’s the description on the fostermoms Instagram. Their website is slightly more revealing: “Foster care. Transracial adoption. Same-sex parenting. We believe exposure to the normal lives of diverse families is important.” They’re introducing an important and diverse voice into the parenting conversation, and that’s why we love them.