This year was another one with highs and lows for every family. Joining the ride, FamilyMinded launched in May, publishing about 150 stories that captured the hearts of parents, siblings, kids and everyone in between — and also attracted some 12.4 million entrances to the site.
As we take a look back on the past year’s top 10 stories, we find ones that defined the true mission on which FamilyMinded was built: to accurately depict the ups and downs of family life and provide a laugh or two in the process.
That included questioning some new (and quite quirky) celebrity baby names to steal, laughing out loud to some parenting fails, witnessing a royal wedding, reading how kids tell it like it is, learning what not to say and harnessing words of wisdom from our favorite 90-somethings.
Check out this list of top 10 stories, and check us out as we cover an even wider range of all things family in 2019. Happy New Year!
25 Celebrity Parents Who Love and Support Their LGBTQ Kids
People love celebrities and especially ones who support what they believe in: their kids. These devoted celeb parents showed their LGBTQ children (and several others across the world) not to question who they are. As the story that readers spent the most time reading (about 6.5 minutes on average), we believe that’s a clear testament of an article worth checking out.
Parents Who Make Everyone (Except Their Kid) Laugh Out Loud
What would parenthood be without a major dose of humor? These parents kept us laughing out loud all year, with a "that's what she said" joke or, believe it or not, a virginity protection blanket, among several other hilarious jabs.
Kids Say the Funniest (and Most Honest) Things
"Like parent, like child" is a saying that typically rings true, especially when it comes to humor. “Nothing, it’s just me and my penis.” “Oh, because I peed on him.” “See? Boobies!” You simply can’t make up these phrases from children that are so honest, they're hilarious.
The Best Dog Breeds for Infants
Most families wouldn’t be complete without a family pet, which is why several parents read up on (and then debated) the best dog breeds for infants. Which one do you suggest?
This Year's Best Celebrity Baby Names to Steal
Speaking of infants, baby name articles were quite a hit this year (not surprisingly). But what readers especially enjoyed was reading about some of the quirky names celebrities chose to name their little ones this year. The list started off strong with Kim Kardashian’s baby name, Chicago, followed by other quirky ones like True, Marvel and Kulture leaving readers with all kinds of inspiration.
Living Like a Royal: 16 Reasons Why the Royal Family Isn’t Like Yours
Of course, the British royal family made the baby name list for their newest family member, Prince Louis. But the biggest royal buzz swarmed around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who stole headlines all year long. First the wedding, then their baby announcement had readers entertained to say the least. But perhaps most interesting? Exactly how the royal family differs from yours.
26 Rules for Visiting a New Baby
Every new parent (or friends and family of new parents) has no idea exactly what to expect when their baby is born. This clever how-to guide on the best rules for visiting a new baby, however, give families a place to start.
30 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
Along the same vein, people sometimes just don’t know what to say to pregnant women. Luckily, we’ve got your back with this list of phrases that you should never, ever utter to a mom-to-be, and people (thankfully) took note.
Times Grandparents Used Twitter Perfectly
Leave it to social media to provide a jokester’s playground of perfectly timed phrases and tweets from family members. And some of the funniest came from our older audience of grandparents who are testing their technology skills while making us laugh in the process.
What 90-Somethings Regret Most
A more recently published article to the site quickly became a fan-favorite, especially among our older audience again. Facebook shares and comment threads sparked conversations between the young and old about some of life’s biggest questions, reminding us all that we’re more similar than we think.