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What should we write about?

I’m having a major case of ‘what should I write about?’.  It’s funny how writing comes in waves for me. Sometimes I find it so natural and I have loads of ideas and it’s easy for me to sit down at my computer and just write. And then sometimes… it just doesn’t happen like that, and I just feel so inspiration-less.

I wanted to write a ‘Thursday Thoughts’ post for today, but honestly couldn’t think of anything to write about.  (I think my brain is too consumed by house renovation stuff at the moment. Tiles, knobs, lighting, window hardware…!!!)

So I thought I simply would ask you!  What topics should we write about? Do you have any questions for us? Do you like reading our parenting posts, or do you prefer more of the product recommendations? Please leave suggestions in the comments section below. Perhaps next week I’ll be back with some more interesting content. : )

Courtney xx


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Theresa
July 12, 2018

I would love to read a post about your yoga practice. Or about your most favorite pieces of clothing (looooved the Christy Dawn recommendation and am now proud owner of my first Dawn dress). 🙂
But house renovation stuff is also very interesting.


Elocin
July 12, 2018

Post partum recovery! It’s hardly spoken about at all and for me has been the hardest part of having a baby, physically and emotionally. Think it should be much more ‘high profile’ so women don’t feel so alone when things don’t go back to normal in ways that are not expected (beyond soft tummy and stretch marks, that’s no shock!) That would be a great topic/discussion!


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

This is a wonderful suggestion. Maybe Esther can write about this as it’s the most fresh for her. I’ll ask her! 🙂 x


Christina
July 12, 2018

I loved your weaning post! Perhaps suggestions for meals for older babies/toddlers? I’m too reliant on those premade packs!


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Yes! Good ideas. (Those pre-made snacks are too easy, I agree!) x


Sara
July 12, 2018

Hello, perhaps you could write about getting toddlers in the water and swimming? How is the best way to do it when you live in the Uk (with no warm sea)! Thanks! Sara


Rachel
July 12, 2018

I’d love to hear more about all your approaches to baby sleep, both at night and for naps, what techniques you’ve each used, what’s worked and what hasn’t. I know all babies (and families) are different, but we’re in the midst of a 9 month regression and ideas are always welcome!

Also, house stuff and Mum products always interesting too!


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Eva
July 12, 2018

I’m mostly interested in preteen and teen topics as I don’t have baby or a toddler at home. It’s such a new area for me and I haven’t found blogs yet covering that age group. Interested in behavior challenges, style (how you ladies find balance between stylish and still let them express themselves), interests, books, music, skin care, the differences between the teens in different countries, maybe even interviews with teens or something similar to motherhood around the world series by Cup of Jo but focusing on older kids :))

House renovations are always good topic and maybe teen rooms tours :))

(Sorry typing from my phone and it’s hard to spell and grammar check.)


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Thanks for your comment! Love the ‘interview with teens’ idea! How cool would that be. x


Janelle
July 12, 2018

I love your parenting posts. I am interested in how you and others deal with setting boundaries for your kids, getting homework done, friendship dilemmas for kids, school politics, finding balance in our children’s lives, letting kids fail and make their own mistakes, how to get kids to do things without having to ask 20 times and how to see the natural ups and downs in our children’s lives in perspective. I also love the posts about useful products you have found. Hope that helps.


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Wow! So many good suggestions. Thank you. I’ll see which ones I can address. 🙂 xx


Jodie
July 12, 2018

I’d love to hear about how you manage dinner time, bathtime and bedtime with small children on your own. I’ve got a 20mth old and a newborn and father just about to go back to work. Scared about having to do this all on my own! Any helpful tips and ideas would be great!


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Oooh! I remember having a 22 month old and a newborn, and when my husband went back to work it was the most difficult transition I’ve faced as a parent! Those first few months of having two small babies was, by far, the most challenging time for me. Just be gentle on yourself. Don’t worry so much about keeping the house clean (you’ve got two babies to keep happy and fed and bathed!), and remember that this time is SO fleeting. You’ll one day look back on it with only fond memories. xxx


Jasmin
July 12, 2018

I would love to hear about your “preps” of getting pregnant. Since we`ve decided that we want to be parents I feel a lot of pressure. If I had ever known, that becoming pregnant would be so difficult…How do you keep the sparkles alive?


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Ooh this is such a good suggestion. I’ve fortunately never had to try so hard to get pregnant, so I don’t know first-hand the pressures you’re facing, but it would be so interesting to interview someone who has this experience. Thanks for your comment. x


Lisa
July 12, 2018

Mother in law relationships !!!!! (I’ll write you an anonymous one !!!!)


Courtney in Australia
July 12, 2018

Haha! I think we’d all have to go anonymous on that topic! x


Rebecca
July 12, 2018

Hi Courtney!
Would love to read more about what books your older children are reading, what you are cooking, and older children parenting topics. All best! Rebecca x


Chloe
July 12, 2018

I always find your product recommendations so helpful as there is just so much “stuff” aimed at children and babies (most of which is pointless). 💕


Louise
July 12, 2018

I’d love to read about how you structure your week with the demands of various child ages, toddler meals and snack recipes, house renovation updates and how you approach homework with the kids.

Are you going to continue to write on Somewhere slower?

xxx


Emma
July 12, 2018

I love to read your thoughts on parenting. I would love to read more about the differences parenting in different countries. How is Paris different to Byron Bay to London … xx


Megan Mainzer
July 12, 2018

maybe since you are entering the toddler tornado stage a post about how to handle toddler craziness:) how to manage
when they are in everything and are
learning how to listen:)
lol! I have been thinking about girls and the 8,9,10
stage where friendship, self esteem, comparing themselves to others is happening. how to teach them
how to fill their own cup and feel good about themselves?


Emma
July 12, 2018

I love all your parenting posts – and all the recipes recently have been wonderful too!


Gerardine
July 12, 2018

I would love to hear about concerns, thoughts, interests, even clothes of teens. I currently have a pre-teen boy and a toddler, so also I would be very much interested to hear about how the relationship of your older and smallest kids work… So far mine an 11year old & a 3,5 year old boys are getting along very well but was wandering if this is going to work in the future. Last would love to hear about your life in different countries & travel adventures!


Leigh
July 12, 2018

I would echo the request for teen and pre-teen topics (definitely including fashion which becomes much more challenging) – I find there is far less of this out there than pregnancy/newborn/toddler issues. By the way, thank you to Emilie (I think it was her post) for the Teen Breathe recommendation – my girls love it!


Jessie
July 12, 2018

I would love to hear how other moms celebrate birthdays for their older children. I’m already using some ideas that I read here. Also clothing for moms that you can get here in the States. I do have a Christy Dawn sweater and dress but other options would be nice. That and kids clothes/ bathing suits you can get here in the States. Also what other families do outside to spend time with each other. Or what older children like to do with their families that are where they live.


Hanna
July 12, 2018

I love all your parenting posts! You’re so down-to-earth when it comes to parenting – I guess this kind of approach comes with the number of children 🙂 so please write more about parenting!


Vi
July 12, 2018

My eldest child is 8 and this week I’ve been thinking about how my children’s friends affect our day to day life. How do you discipline other people’s children? How do you respond when you feel that children are not being kind to one another and you feel protective of your own child? How do you decide when to have people over, and when being just family is important? We are not lucky enough to be a part of a tribe in our new town – it would be easier with that. It would be great to read a discussion on things like that. x


Frances
July 12, 2018

I’d love to hear how you carve out time for yourself and self-care. Also your thoughts about recycling, environmental awareness with kids etc.

Finally, I’d love to share a cool charity with you that recycles maternity (and normal) bras. It would be great to have a resource of places around the world that take small things but make a difference.

http://www.smallsforall.org/get-involved/donate/


Claire
July 12, 2018

I would love to see some parenting tips on how to help children navigate the school playground (ie. managing friendships, dealing with conflict, setting boundaries and being true to oneself while under the pressure to ‘fit in’). I really look forward to all of your parenting posts!


Karrie
July 12, 2018

I always love reading your parenting posts! Insight into your lives, strategies, methods, and choices are always great to read. I agree with some toddler/preschooler related posts would be lovely. Eating and playing etc. I would love to hear how you teach sharing/playing, etc with very young children at playgroups, parks,beach, etc! My 2 year old is good at sharing but others not so much.. dealing with parents of children who don’t reciprocate is always a tricky one! Also teaching kindness and patience to young children. Just some ideas! X


Oleandra
July 12, 2018

I’d love to read a post on organizing. How do you organize the toys, games, crafts and projects, legos – all the kid stuff. Finding this really challenging as my kids accumulate more things. How many toys do you keep, donate or throw away. Do you rotate toys? Keep them in the kids room or in another room? Closets, shelves, baskets, bins? I need all the help 🙂

Also, what do you do with all their artwork and papers they bring home from school? What to throw away, what to keep, how to organize what you do keep.

Thanks!! Love your website!!


Laura
July 12, 2018

I always love your parenting problems posts. How to stop them interrupting you. How to find space for yourself, and your love life. Tips on solo parenting. How to parent sensitive kids versus more robust ones. How to manage it when the balance at home changes. You guys do this better than anyone, and so honestly


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

Such good ideas! Thank you, Laura. x


Elisenda
July 12, 2018

I love reading about your new product finds, new recipes (I make your blueberry muffins and butterhorns all the time!!!), it would be fun to see “a day in the life” where you show updates about your house renovation, activities you do that day, at the beach, and outfits!! in one same post. I love all your outfit posts, I find so much inspiration in your style.


Therese
July 12, 2018

Thank you for letting us suggest some topics. 🙂 I love everything on parenting and especially when you cover cultural and personal differences. I also love you positive spirit when it comes to parenting and children, no matter how hard the times might be.

Personally I would like you to write on daily routines for your families (always a real struggle in our family with both of us working, a toddler and two dogs). I’d like advice on how to make the relationship with your partner to sparkle and, if it’s not, how to single parent. Last but not least, I’d love you share tips on how to keep not to tired when working full time and then coming home to family life and domestic work. Keep up the good work! 🙂


Shannon
July 12, 2018

I spent hours one night looking for recipes on your site – from Esther, Emilie, and Courtney. I love Esther’s quiche so much and the food she posts on Instagram. I also love Jim Lahey’s pizza crust that Courtney posted. I have barley salad bookmarked. What does everyone actually eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Also, any marriage and relationship tips and advice! Do you have a “date night,” which seems to be a very American thing? I’m about to have my first child and looking at all the things I need to know for the first months and beyond – sleep patterns and more. Also, how does everyone handle childcare? There isn’t a lot on daycare, nannies, babysitters…


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

Thanks for your sweet comment and wonderful suggestions! Love the one about marriage and date nights — keeping the sparks alive. We’ll try to write about this. (I know Esther and her husband have a weekly date night always on the same day of the week, which I love. Michael and I are much more random with our date nights, but we also have a lot of day time together because we both work from home.) Anyway, a good topic. Thank you! x


Hebe
July 12, 2018

I’d be interested to hear about how all you busy mums keep up your energy levels! I think it’s something all of us struggle with so ideas about how you all (presumably!) stay sane and vibrant would be really interesting. I’d also like to hear more on Christmas decorations when it comes to that time of year.


Jessica
July 12, 2018

I would love to see a what I eat in a day. Both pertaining to children and parents. Especially from Esther and Courtney who both have such big families. I’d love to see what you feed yourself and your kids on a day. How much you cook etc.


Sara
July 12, 2018

I’d love more outfit posts! It would be so fun to see a few favorite outfits from each contributor at the start of each season.


Sofia
July 12, 2018

I would like vey much to read about teenagers – not easy to find blogs writing about it: skin care (hello, acne!), pastimes, friends, role models, internet, school… thank you for asking.


Kate
July 12, 2018

I love your parenting posts so much. But if you’re drawing a blank, I’d also be interested in your house renovations.


lisa lou
July 12, 2018

(from another lisa – there are 2 of us !) i agree with all above . I love parenting advice / observations and recipes .

I would like to know how people deal with head lice ( i’ve went from horrified to exhausted from cleaning to accepting and combing )…still they make an appearance every few months….

l have found your baby and toddler advice in the past invaluable (i’m coming through it now ) but please listen mum’s to being easy on yourselves as it does pass – tiredness and stress are hard going ….

organising house stuff and recommended basic essential emails always helpful

lunch box ideas/ educational ideas/ do you practise yoga with kids/how to ensure middle kids aren’t being squeezed……


Alison McCaw
July 12, 2018

I love your parenting posts. I have four children three boys and a girl ages 8, 6, 4 and 2. I would love to hear how you encourage the kids to play well together in the house. Do you pair them up? Do you give them options if you find them running around the house bored and not engaged in anything useful? Play is so important but how do you encourage it whilst running a busy home? My kids all too often end up aggravating each other and don’t engage in play that lasts for any significant length of time. Xxx


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

A very interesting topic! I’ll definitely try to write about this. Thanks so much for the suggestion. xx


Cassie
July 12, 2018

I’d love to read about your renovation! I also really loved the idea A Cup of Jo did with interviewing parents from all over the world. Would you consider doing something similar – maybe with parents of older children? Maybe teenagehood too? I have two teenage boys (19 and 15)…and there is so little out there to read! Especially navigating the whole girlfriend/boyfriend/alcohol/parties/peer pressure. Age gap dynamics? I also have an 8 year old daughter and sometimes the gap seems so big – sometimes not. I always love your blog posts – I’m sure inspiration will return 🙂 xx


Bella
July 13, 2018

Like Vi and Claire above, I would love to hear how you handle all the issues that come with kids making friends. What do you do if they have a friend that is not always respectful or kind, and is sometimes quite mean?! Do you allow them to have play dates still if they really want to? Or try to steer them towards other children?


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

This is such an interesting topic. Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely try to write about this. x


Ana Vieira
July 13, 2018

I’d love to hear more about the differences in the culture of education in the different countries that have Difference of resumes, requirements, etc.
Thanks


Lindsay Craig
July 13, 2018

I’d love to see a personal closet tour! You just have the best style, so pretty and effortless. Another one, is storage and organization, like how you really do it in real life with 5 children rather than a beautiful basket reccomendation… although those are nice too. 🙂 A post about Steiner schools would be awesome. House rennovation progress reports would be so neat and inspirational! Thank you for asking us Courtney! xx


Lindsay
July 13, 2018

I’d love to see a personal closet tour! You just have the best style, so pretty and effortless. Another one, is storage and organization, like how you really do it in real life with 5 children rather than a beautiful basket reccomendation… although those are nice too. 🙂 A post about Steiner schools would be awesome. House rennovation progress reports would be so neat and inspirational! Thank you for asking us Courtney! xx


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

Oh you’re so sweet to say that. Maybe when we move into our new house I will share a closet tour. It’s a cute idea!
And storage/organisation is another good idea. We are currently renovating a house that had ZERO storage — not even a single closet — so it’s front of y mind at the moment in our plans for the new house. I’ll try to write a post about this too. x


Jo
July 13, 2018

Courtney you presentsl such an elegant and collected image, I think that’s why we all love your posts so much! So I’d like to hear more about running an organized and harmonious home. Also, excited to hear more about the home reno, after your experience with your London home and staying in such a nice variety of homes on your travels, I’m sure you have lots of good ideas. I’d love to hear what lessons you’ve learned and what details you’re incorporating into your new space. All the details please! 🙂


Courtney in Australia
July 13, 2018

You’re so sweet to say that. Thank you! Okay, I was afraid that house reno stuff was too boring, but maybe I will share about our renovation.
It’s so funny that you mention how we must have so many good ideas from all the places we’ve stayed in around the world. That’s so true. But… then we went and bought an old house (115 years old), and I’m trying so hard to honour the original style of the house, so I can’t modernise it too much. (It feels a shame to build in modern closets into the pretty old rooms, for example.) I find myself actually going back to the same style of our London home. Which feels a bit boring, but also so familiar and fitting. Anyway, I will try to share about the process! Thanks for your comment. x


Jo
July 13, 2018

I’d also love to hear about photo organization! Do you have a process and schedule for organizing and printing photos? Or does it happen randomly? (I try to print everything once a year with a low cost printer, I just shove them in boxes and stow away. Then I make an album twice a year with the highlights and print there very best ones for framing. That’s the plan anyway, doesn’t always happen!)


Kiki
July 14, 2018

Hiiiiii inspiring Courtney,

I just love this question! It sounds so real and realistic… You can’t be inspired 24/7 because you have thousands of other things to do #reallife. And that is exactly what I love to read. Your family life is already so inspiring… In the choices you make, the images… A beautiful lovely family following their hearts. I’m also curious about the way you all manage this… #reallife and maybe #dailystruggles … But I prefer to read stories instead of seeing brands. Which can come alive in stories though, haha! In the end we all need clothes and stuff… Thanks for being such an inspiration anyway….Maybe when you’re not inspired, you’re just not inspired and will choose something nice to do and leave the Thursday-writing-issue… It is that simple ; ) Have a wonderful day… XXX Kiki (from Amsterdam)


caitlin
July 15, 2018

Hey Courtney, would love some tips/hacks for big family living. We have number 4 due soon and i’m so curious to learn any tips for making things run more smoothly. How to manage all of the life stuff that can easily fill our days up and not leave much precious time for the things that are really important to our family.
I would love to hear about anything that helps, routines and time management, outsourcing (cleaning, child minding etc) storage, managing toys and clutter, after school activities, play dates, childrens clothing, washing, time spent in the car….my mind is boggling at what lies ahead !!! Thanks x


Ann-Marie
July 17, 2018

Hi Courtney,
I love all of your parenting posts and agree with your approaches 100%. I would like to see a post on effective discipline tactics across the different stages of childhood. How have you effectively discouraged certain behaviors or mindsets and encouraged desired behaviors/mindsets?


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