Turn away from the dark side of social media.
We all waste time on social media and apparently it can negatively affect our parenting. Research shows that social media addiction can lead to distracted parenting and false-comparison-induced anxiety. So limiting your time on social media is a good thing and these are some things you shouldn’t waste your time with as a mom on social media.
- Fit Moms of Instagram - This Insta account inspires 338,000 people, and if you’re one of them, good for you. But if you recently delivered a little one and you’re wishing away the baby weight, do NOT compare your “body journey” to what you see here.
- The one-who-got-away’s LinkedIn Page - So your ex sold a novel. Big deal.
- Moda Operandi and Net-A-Porter’s Flash Sale Alerts - Who can afford to blow your kids’ college savings by ordering white silk wide-leg trousers right off the runway?
- THAT cool mom’s feed - You know the one, she’s always polished at drop off, she’s a free-spirit who always says yes and seems to live a Pinterest-perfect life.
- Travel Influencers - Your weekly run to Costco won’t seem nearly as thrilling after you check out this supermodel-y couple feed giraffes in Kenya.
- Health activist Twitter - Do you really need your phone to ping with alerts about hot dogs causing cancer? Probably not since that’s all your kids have eaten for the last two years.
- Your former colleague’s TED Talk - She leaned in and it worked for her. But it’s okay if you’re just over here trying to stay standing.
- Attachment parenting Twitter - If you’re into it and want some positive feedback, carry on. But if you’re struggling with formula feeding and sleep training, you might not want to feel beat up for your decisions. Remember: “One mom’s tip can be another mom’s torture.”
- Stylish Insta Kids - While you’re trying to find the least stained thing to send your kid to preschool in, these #toddlebrities have 22.5-thousand followers for their fashion sense.
- #Craftmom Pinterest - You’re just looking for afternoon activity ideas, and you get sucked in checking out the creative types who DIY fantasy dragon eggs and snowstorms in a jar and suddenly two hours of your life is gone. And you know you’ll never make those complex projects, sorry kiddos.