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How to Overcome Social Media Pressure as a Young Parent

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be a great way to connect with other parents to share tips, advice, and experience. It can also create pressure and anxiety, especially for young parents. When we see other parents posting about their perfect lives, its easy to start comparing ourselves and feeling like we're not doing a good enough job.

Personally, I struggle with Imposter Syndrome and constantly feeling like I am not doing enough as a parent. If you're feeling the pressure of social media, here are a few tips that I have found helpful to help you move past it:

Social Media is NOT Real Life.

What you see on social media is a carefully curated version of reality. People only post the good stuff, so it's easy to forget that everyone is struggling with something. I'm willing to bet the "perfect parent" you're envious of loses their cool just as much as you. They're still human.

Focus on Your Journey.

Don't compare yourself to other parents. Your journey is uniquely yours and there is not one right way to do it. One thing I've learned in my 30's is that everyone, including the young, the old, me, and you are just trying to figure it out.

It's hard to give yourself grace, but one of the things I 've found helpful is being honest with my toddler when I don't have a clue. I don't want my kid growing up with the notion that I always know what is best - because I don't. While he doesn't understand now, hopefully he does when he is older.

Find support groups or online communities.

There are many groups and communities where you can connect with other parents who are going through the same things as you. This can be a great way to get support and advice, and to remind yourself that you're not alone.

You can search for in-person groups near you and Facebook has parenting groups for most cities. Below are some of my favorite online forums where you can learn a lot and realize that other parents have the same struggles as you do.

Take a break from social media.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a break from social media for a few days or weeks. This will give you a chance to clear your head and focus on your own family.

If the thought of a break creates even more anxiety, at least promise me to be mindful of the time you spend on social media. It's easy to get sucked into the endless scroll, but it's important to be mindful of how much time you're spending on social media.

We set guardrails for our kids all the time because they are effective. You can do the same thing for yourself!

Be Present and Enjoy Today!

Remember, you're doing the best you can. There is no such thing as a perfect parent, and everyone makes mistakes. Just focus on being the best parent you can be for your child today, and the rest will take care of itself.

I hope these tips help you overcome social media pressure and focus on being the best parent you can be for your little ones.

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