Most parents would love to make time for workshops and seminars to improve their parenting skills. However, what parent has time in his or her busy schedule for that?
A much more realistic approach for most parents is to integrate some thinking about parenting into the social media use that they’re already doing. The following list of five Twitter feeds is a great place to start. Each of the following Twitter accounts focuses on parenting tips, advice, and community sharing. By following these feeds, parents can develop more sophisticated parenting skills without adding more work to already overloaded schedules.
Daily Parent Tip: @DailyParentTip
Daily Parent Tip boasts that it carries “the most popular #parenting tweets, tips and links each day.” Sometimes the posts can be generic (love your kids extra hard tonight), but often they provide a refreshing laugh or new perspective. Tweets range from links to funny pictures of turtles to ideas for kids’ brown bag lunches. Even though the focus is technically on parenting, the tweets also cover other family-related topics, such as pets and family movies.
Talking Teenage: @TalkingTeenage
This regularly updated feed doesn’t just help you understand your teenager’s language. Instead, @TalkingTeenage immerses you in the culture of the American teenager. Wondering whether you should censor your kid’s music or if it’s time for your child to give up trick-or-treating? @TalkingTeenage covers these and other original topics that have relevance and importance to parents of teenagers.
Parenting Squad: @parentingsquad
Although the chief purpose of @parentingsquad’s tweets appears to be the announcement of the Parenting Squad Daily, which is a report distributed from Parenting Squad’s website, the feed includes plenty of links to relevant stories and updates from across the nation. Some of the best tweets are conversation-starting questions, such as “How often do you sacrifice quality for convenience? Why?” and “What challenges have you had in sticking to a meal-planning system?” These questions start conversations among @parentingsquad’s followers that are full of useful ideas-and support for busy parents!
The Twitter home of “Parenting” and “Babytalk” magazines, @parenting updates on the topics that parents want to read about most. For instance, recent posts cover why kids whine and what parents can do to stop it, how to estimate your child’s future height, and how to deal with children’s anger toward fathers. Many of the links posted to the feed refer to articles in “Parenting.” But these articles are professionally produced and include quotes from the nation’s foremost experts in parenting and child development. This feed focuses less on interactive questions, but it updates multiple times per day with great information.
This quirky feed is updates less regularly than the Twitter accounts described above. Nevertheless, the more casual attitude of @alphamom keeps the feed focused on the strange but very real experiences that parents share. For example, recent posts commiserate about kids’ love for spaghetti tacos, tips for shopping at Target, and ideas for helping kids have a successful school year. Updated less frequently than other feeds, @alphamom’s feed still gets plenty of buzz because of the tendancy of the unique posts to get re-tweeted.