Walking with the Moon wonders what would happen if she just stopped the Christmas preparations...
"What if I stopped caring so much about the unmade paper chains, and the lists of handmade 'little extra' gifts I was planning? What if I decided that we had enough decorations up already? That my cupboard was so full of presents waiting to be wrapped that I wouldn’t buy any more? My children won't care if there are no origami napkins. Or if the chutney comes from Tesco. I’m fairly sure Wes would rather have me in one piece than a handmade table decoration.
It's a bold new plan. But I like it."
Eeh Bah Mum explains why, when negotiating with toddlers, word choice and biscuits are key.
"The other morning at 6.30 I was woken by my daughter’s hot sweaty face pressed up to mine on the pillow asking ‘Do banisters have legs?’
I had to think about this for a while.
Not the bit about banisters having legs. I know banisters do not have legs even at 6.30 in the morning.
But when a 3 year-old asks a question you should always think before answering. Three year olds are masters of taking any information you give them and using it in ways you never dreamed possible."
As Susan Boyle reveals she has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Crazy Girl in an Aspie World describes what it's like to live in a world which can sometimes feel puzzling and unkind.
"In many ways, being an adult aspie is like being a ping-pong ball in a tennis court. You know you have the shape about right; you know you have to be batted about by life and bounce back; but somehow you don't quite fit. You get thwacked with a racket and find yourself shooting out of range, lying in the corner with the dead leaves and a lost shoe while the proper tennis balls whizz about, making it look easy."
Abstract Lucas reflects on the Christmases of her abusive childhood, and wonders if she will ever be able to share in the joy of her own children's excitement.
"I pulled my Christmas stocking onto my bed on December 25th. It was too light. Too flat. Too... empty.
Father Christmas had written me a note. A note expressing his disappointment in me. A note explaining why my stocking was empty. A note I cried over.
It turned out that Father Christmas wasn't the only person that I had disappointed. So was my grandfather. All eight of my uncles. My brother. My parents."
MommyEnnui imagines how Kim Kardashian's famously awesome other half would respond to a clutch of common parenting queries.
"Q: We’d like to give our baby a unique name. Do you have any suggestions?
Kanye: You want your baby to have a name that’s strong and confident…a name that don’t bow to the man so, when it grows up, that baby can rise to the highest pinnacle of truth and awesomeness. If it’s a boy, you should name him Hermes, Summit or Kanye. If it’s a girl, I’d go with Apogee, Apex or Kim."