5 Ways Social Media Makes Parenting Harder

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I didn’t grow up in a world with social media but now I’m parenting in one….and the truth is, I don’t always love it. Here are 5 Ways Social Media Makes Parenting Harder and ways we can focus on what matters

One: It sets unrealistic expectations

Let’s be honest, who on earth lives in a neatly organized home with white carpet,  white walls, white bedspreads, white rugs, white towels, etc…If you know this person, chances are they have a full time cleaning service, don’t drink red wine, don’t have children, or don’t actually live in their home. lol.

Two: It’s virtual peer pressure.

Life isn’t a competition, but sometimes it feels like one, and unfortunately social media magnifies the pressure. You know what I’m talking about, those beautifully curated activities, picturesque outings, and properly angled selfies. Let’s face it, we’ve all done it.

Three: It may actually stifle originality.

While the internet can foster creativity, it also creates opportunities to adopt other people’s ideas and pass them off as their own. Unfortunately this happens ALL. THE. TIME. and it makes me sad. Don’t sacrifice your originality, pay credit to innovators, and become one yourself! It’s harder, but SO worth it.

Four: It creates a misguided pursuit of perfection.

Let me save you the suspense, despite the appearance, absolutely NO household, parent, sibling or job is perfect. I PROMISE. So don’t get caught trying to “keep up with the Jones”  because it’s a waste of time and you’ll lose yourself along the way. Just be your perfectly imperfect self.

Five: We share some of our most intimate moments with strangers.

People aren’t always as they appear. As parents, it’s our job to protect our children and keep them safe. So be careful not to overshare with those you don’t know.


BUT THE BEST PART OF SOCIAL MEDIA is connecting with moms, dads, friends, and strangers who want to support our journeys and make life a bit brighter, because there are a lot of GOOD PEOPLE out there.  So lend a compliment, a handshake, a hug, or give someone a call and embrace these five tips for parenting in a virtual world:

  1. Step back from social and into real life;  be present in the moment and enjoy it
  2. Prioritize your life based upon what matters to you; is it work, family ,friends, fashion, fitness, sleep, or a clean house? Only you know the answer.
  3. Call a friend, it’s the best form of therapy and it’s good for your soul, seriously.
  4. Create a small group of trusted friends, rather a large group of acquaintances.
  5. Do things you enjoy, life’s too short not too.




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