2014 has been a good year for Sleeping Should Be Easy. Readers like you have been visiting regularly and viewership has steadily increased compared to this time last year. I stuck to an editorial calendar with posts every two days. I focused on offering exclusive content in my email newsletter (sign up now!). And I still haven’t run out of things to say.
From January until this last post of 2014, I published 114 posts! Of those, which ones were the most popular?
Read these top 14 parenting posts published in 2014:
#14: 5 Lessons to Help Your Child Recognize Letters and Numbers
I wrote this post as a reminder to myself on how to help my toddler twins recognize their letters and numbers.
#13: Why Spanking Isn’t Necessary (And What to Do Instead)
Many of you weighed in on this topic, and I’m glad for it. I love healthy discussions, and I was able to voice my opinion on why I don’t think parents need (or should) spank their kids.
#12: Why Motherhood Is Hard for You
No doubt motherhood is hard. But do you know the underlying reasons why? This post addresses many of them.
#11: Check out These Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Twins
Announcing that I have twins is a fun conversation starter. In this post, I answer many of the questions I’ve been asked, hoping to shed light on twins, especially to some of the newer soon-to-be twin moms.
#10: How to Handle Twins after a Singleton
Having twins is hard enough, but twins on top of a singleton? This post resonated with many of you as you faced the challenges of “the second child”… times two.
#9: Can’t Get Your Child to Nap? Read This.
How often have you heaved and sighed in frustration because your child won’t nap? Take heed: there are ways to cope, as outlined in this popular post.
#8: “Help! My Newborn Will Only Sleep In My Arms.”
Raise your hand if you’ve struggled with a newborn only sleeping in your arms. Oh wait, they’re holding your newborn right now, of course. This post addressed simple strategies and substitutes to wean your baby from sleeping only in your arms.
#7: 9 Playground Rules You and Your Kids Should Remember
This post made its rounds on Facebook, as many of you agreed that some rules on the playground just shouldn’t be broken.
#6: 13 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation when You Don’t Have a Clue
We can’t avoid sleep deprivation in the early months of parenthood, but this post outlined 13 ways to cope.
#5: 6 Ways Dads Can Support Breastfeeding Moms [FREE Download]
Dads, not sure how you can help breastfeeding moms? This post and infographic shows six ways to do just that.
#4: Surprising Costs of Raising Twins You Never Knew
No doubt about it: twins cost money. But what’s surprising are some of the costs that may not seem so obvious.
#3: 8 Misconceptions First-Time Parents Make about Parenthood
Remember those nostalgic days of pregnancy when you assumed so many things about parenthood? Then bam!—reality smacks you in the face.
#2: How to Sleep Train Your Twins—The Ultimate Guide
I’m so happy this post has helped many twin parents tackle their twins’ sleep training (just read through the comments for success stories!).
And finally, the most popular post written in 2014 is…
#1: How to Stop Your Kids from Talking Back
We all learned a few tips on one of the most irritating aspects of parenting: kids talking back. Here we learned how to do so respectfully, and picked up a few tips on how to prevent kids from talking back in the first place. This post was very popular thanks to Pinterest!
I’ve had a wonderful 2014, and I thank you so much for joining me on this humble blog of mine and helping it grow to where it is today. Let’s greet 2015 with the same gusto and desire to improve our parenting… Have a happy new year, and I’ll see you in 2015!
Your turn: Which post do you remember the most from Sleeping Should Be Easy? How are you celebrating the new year? Let me know in the comments!
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