About ADORE THEM: (taken directly from their Facebook page) "....Parents are struggling with their own parenting journeys, & they are finding it hard to enjoy their children. The solution is to share positive & encouraging content from both professionals & fellow parents in an emotional way that grabs the reader's attention. The goal is to be helpful & supportive so that parents can feel a sense of community, gain some practical insight, & improve their outlook & skill sets so that they can genuinely enjoy their own parenting journey!"
Why I love ADORE THEM: Not only do they offer practical tips for families, like their latest posting, "Do's And Don'ts Of What To Wear For Your Family Photos", they also share informative and inspiring articles from their regular contributors, eh hmm...myself included ;-). Particularly interesting was an article on "How To Make Your Life With Tweens/Teens Easier", in which author Joanne Jarrett shared the value in having your tweens/teens take regular responsibility for independently cooking dinners at home.
About GROWTH MINDSET: (taken directly from their Facebook page) "My children's picture book and Growth Mindset project are aimed at tackling lack of self esteem in children, particularly in the classroom. I am a primary school teacher and I have been working with the principles of the Growth Mindset for two years with children. It's effects have been amazing to experience but I found it difficult to find resources to use in creating the Growth Mindset culture in my classroom. This story was the result and now I am publishing it."
Why I love GROWTH MINDSET: I follow quite a few similar "growth mindset" pages, and although the creator's aim was to reach teachers, I believe the articles and snapshots she shares on this concept is just as important for parents of school age children to hear. And, with 22k followers, I can see I'm not alone in appreciating the message that the creator of this page is trying to share. If you are not familiar with the concept of growth mindset, I urge you to start learning more about it via this page and continue your awareness by reading up on Carol Dweck's growth mindset research.
About SCARY MOMMY: (taken directly from their Facebook page): "We are millions of unique women, united by motherhood. We are scary, and we are proud."
Why I love SCARY MOMMY: Ok. Sometimes I watch cute puppy videos. Or, Cake decorating. I've even caught myself mesmerized by that lady who just mixes oil paint colors together on her palette...over and over...! I'm also moved by inspirational quotes. I can seriously be having a bad day but feel instantly rejuvenated if I come across a good quote when scrolling through social media. But, I also love humor and sarcasm. And, Scary Mommy provides me with it all. Sometimes, I just don't need to feel inspired; I just need to relate to something and laugh. One of the quotes Scary Mommy recently shared was, "I don't really 'rise and shine', I caffeinate and hope for the best" (by Motherly). Although I can get my giggles going from some of Scary Mommy's postings, they also still do a great job at sharing practical information, like in their recent article entitled "15 Mother-In-Law Behaviors That Deserve A Punch In The Face". Ok, ok...sorry for that. But, yes, that was an actual article. So, seriously though, for both articles that will make you laugh and articles that will make you a better-informed parent, check out Scary Mommy.
About COMMONSENSE MEDIA: (taken directly from their Facebook page): "Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology."
Why I love COMMONSENSE MEDIA: As the name and their description suggests, this site shares the latest research and opinions on media and technology and I appreciate the perspectives that they share. It isn't a technology/cell phone use "bashing". Rather, the articles shared are based on our current reality - that technology is part of our lives - the good and the bad. But, that's just it - the site seems to do a good job in sharing information about that - the good and the bad regarding technology - but doesn't "preach" this information. In fact, in a recent article, , "Connecting with Parents Online Helped Me Survive Parenting A Son With Special Needs", commonsense media shared how some parents have used technology to form friendships that would not have otherwise existed. Equally important, Commonsense Media shared "How To Protect Your Kid From Fortnite Scams".
To take the benefits of Commonsense Media one step further, check out their website at Commonsensemedia.org to look at the reviews of specific movies to see details on why they are rated as they are rated. A movie rating alone does little to tell you specifics about a movie. You may be ok with your child watching a movie that includes swearing, but not ok with one that includes teens smoking or drinking; commonsensemedia.org gives you these details!
About A MIGHTY GIRL: (taken directly from their Facebook page): "A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. "
Why I love A MIGHTY GIRL: Ah. My all-time favorite Facebook page to follow. I love this site for myself - as a Parent Coach and as a Mom. With regular book and movie ideas for school-aged girls, along with stories of female heroes from the past and of today, I am never without information that I can share with my own three daughters. Over two million followers are clearly finding their site relevant and powerful; if you haven't started following this page, please consider it.