How To Prevent Insta-Parenting From Having A Negative Impact On Your Life
Did you know that roughly 60 per cent of parents feel pressure to be the ‘perfect parent’ from social media? This is despite the fact that there is no such thing as the perfect parent. However, the pressure that social media places on our lives today can lead to more anxiety and stress than we would sometimes like to admit. Parents who are doing a fine job can feel like they are failing because of social media and the unobtainable and unrealistic standards that are being created on platforms like Instagram. With that being said, we’ve looked at some ways at how you can stop Insta-parenting from having a negative impact on your life.
- Remember, a ‘perfect parent’ does not exist – There is only one place to begin, and this is by remembering that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. The reality is that we all experience difficult times as a parent. However, we’re probably not going to share the bad times on Facebook and Instagram. Instead, we are only going to end up sharing those good moments. It is vital to remember that social media is a rose-tinted view of someone’s life. It does not paint the full picture.
- Think about what you are putting out there – You need to consider what you are posting on social media. Are you simply posting things to get more comments and likes? Do you only share the best moments? This can help you to gain perspective and to make sure that what you are posting does not have a negative impact on others.
- Try to limit your social media use – We all know that social media and phones are designed to retain our attention for as long as possible. We are all guilty of finding ourselves watching cat videos on YouTube and before you know it, an hour has passed. However, if you feel like social media is getting you down and making you question your parenting skills, why not limit the amount of time you spend on social media per day? You can do this through downloading specific apps and by updating the settings on your phone.
- Follow accounts that make you feel happy – There are lots of amazing photographs on Instagram that come with inspirational lifestyles. However, they are not always reflective of real parenting or real-life. If the accounts that you are following are making you feel bad about yourself as a parent, stop following them. Instead, you should focus on only following accounts that make you feel happy and confident about the amazing parent that you are.
Hopefully these tips will help reduce the negative impact that social media can have on your life as a parent. Social media has created a lot of stress and anxiety amongst people in all walks of life today, and parents are certainly included in this. However, it is critical to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect parent and you are more than likely doing better than you think!