Ever felt that shiver of shame at being regarded as a 'mommy blogger'? Well have no fear. There's just one or two rules to follow and you too can be taken seriously as a writer or social commentator.
First up, don't post photos of your children just because they are finally wearing that cute pink hat. Or spotty boots. Using your child as a fashion plate demeans you and the child. Get serious, think of an erudite subject and research it. Form your own opinions.
Hey you! Yes, you there at the back. Stop gazing at the baby photos already.
Create time for yourself to write and be creative. Don't let your child(ren) stay up too late or get up too early. Teach them to tell the time and stop bothering you. When they do finally crash out, do not, repeat do not, whip the camera out to record their dreamy features for posterity.
Go and use that time to do something useful.
I'm looking at you, when I say this. Step away from camera.
Look on your time with children as a learning experience. Don't chuckle at their poor pronunciation, but enunciate clearly so they learn to communicate effectively.
Don't perpetuate their amusing little ways that will end up seeing them being ridiculed in a school yard.
Even if that is how she keeps her fingers crossed for good luck (and chocolate raisins).
Finally, don't use a phoney theme of 'how to be a serious writer' just to show off your child's first written word. Even if it is 'mummy'.
Noone's going to fall for that.