In this era of the ubiquitous smartphones, social media is here to stay. More and more mummies are taking it online to share about their babies and kids. MH finds out what’s good about social media.
WORDS SAMANTHA TAN
With just a click and a swipe, the picture you have just taken has been uploaded onto a social media platform on the internet in virtually no time at all. With the rise of social media and the smartphone in the past decade, these social media platforms have become so ingrained in our lives that we can’t imagine ourselves without it. We share almost everything that happens in our lives on various social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more without a second thought. Of course, this includes parents too, who share pictures of their rosy-cheeked babies and tousle-headed toddlers online. However, when it comes to sharing pieces of your life online, you have to be aware of oversharing as well as the various risks to look out for.
Widening Your Social Circle
Joining a social media platform is one of the best ways to meet other mums and widen your social circle of mummy friends. This is especially important if you are one of the first in your circle of friends to get pregnant and are looking for other people who are currently going through the same thing as you. Thus, many mums join social media groups ― either on social sites like Facebook, and then eventually moving on to chat groups on WhatsApp, a cross-platform instant messaging app. In the chat groups, mummies and mummies-to-be share more about what they are going through.
Once you have established a rapport, you might even arrange to meet up during your maternity leave, have playdates as your babies grow, and even organise joint birthday celebrations for your babies.
Having a group of mummy friends to share your thoughts and troubles with
will definitely be one step closer to keeping you sane and happy.
A Support System
Meeting other mums online has its benefits. Besides gaining new friends, you can also discuss everything from the size of your bump to breastfeeding blunders to new recipes for baby weaning. Your new mummy friends will also share about the best baby gear and where to get the best deals for them. However, not all the talk has to revolve around the baby and you can certainly share more about your jobs, great places to eat and so on.
In the Loop
Staying on social media is another great way to keep your friends and extended family in the loop about what’s going on in your lives. It can be an outlet that you use to stay in touch with people with whom you have less frequent contact with, and to let people know what is going on in your world and to find out what’s happening in theirs. If your child does win an award or has an achievement, it is natural to post it on social media to not only show your happiness but also to let others know about your pride and joy. Do be wary of over-bragging about your child’s accomplishments.
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