10/09/2014 09:36 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Blogs That Inspire

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Parentdish is proud to sponsor the MAD Blog Awards, the UK's largest awards for parent bloggers, for the fourth consecutive year.

Each year thousands of blogs enter the awards, and just 75 Mum and Dad bloggers reach the finals and an awards ceremony this month. Many of our finalists have powerful stories to share, and their writing has the power to move and inspire us.

Here, we've gathered together some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking reading from the UK parent blogging community.

Jenny from Edspire suffered a tragic loss in 2013 when her youngest daughter, Matilda Mae, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This year, Jenny writes powerfully about the arrival of her new baby, Bea, and how the whole family is adjusting to their Rainbow baby.

We often say to ourselves that children grow up too fast, but Suzanne from 3 Children and It is realising that maybe it's part of our job as parents to help kids grow – and sometimes maybe a little faster than we'd like.

The 20 week scan can nerve-wracking at the best of times, but Oh So Amelia writes movingly about her feelings attending a scan for her baby after an earlier miscarriage.

As a parent, we know all too well that the moments that knock you for six are never the ones you expect. That's what happened to Helen at Actually Blog when her nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. But young GG has reacted with incredible bravery and strength of character.

One of the things about being a grown-up – and a single parent to boot – is that you're faced with an endless stream of decisions: big ones, little ones and a thousand that could turn out to be big or small, depending on the outcome. Alice from More than Toast brilliantly describes how it feels to be indecisive about everything, all at once. As she says, "If I can't choose between fresh linen and spring breeze fabric softener at the supermarket, you'd better believe this decision making is a challenge!"

Finally, who hasn't wished they live in one of those Middle England dream houses where the grass is green, the coffee fresh and the dishwasher never needs emptying? Mummy Barrow hits the nail on the head when she describes a more realistic version of Saturday morning in her family.

To find out more about the MAD Blog Awards, you can go to or to Twitter at @madblogawards.