[COMIC] Parenting In The Age Of Social Media

Parenting is tough.

our children don't come with instrution manuals

Image courtesy of bbaunach via Creative Commons.

That moment when our new bundle of joy is delivered with that fresh baby smell is absolutely amazing but, unfortunately, each child it isn’t accompanied with a handbook or instruction manual. Instead, we have to figure it all out on our own. Any parent who has ever spent hours walking with their baby wondering “why won’t you stop crying?” or changed a diaper thinking “what IS that smell?” understands what I’m talking about.

And let’s not even talk about teenagers. It seems that just when you have developed an understanding about how kids work, the puberty-switch is flipped and all that hard work and understanding goes right out the window. During the teen years, we have to worry about sex, drugs, and peer pressure and now the digital era has brought along new issues like sexting, online bullying and a host of other problems that come with social media.

But social media doesn’t have to just be a difficulty for parents. Maybe those baby photos and awkward tween videos can be of use in “convincing” our children to do what we need them to do.

Social media can be a useful tools for parents, too!

Just a little humor for all those parents out there! I’d love to hear any experiences like this in a comment.

Cheers!

–Sean

  • http://www.outofrange.net/ Madgett

    Made me smile – but generally threats aren’t that much use!

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      LOL! Yeah…rarely do they work, but the reaction from kids is often priceless ;)

      Cheers!

      –Sean

  • http://inventorspot.com/writers/ron_callari Ron Callari

    Gr8 toon – put an empathetic smile on my face!

  • http://www.mycatholicblog.com Janet Dubac

    I definitely agree with you. Just when I thought I was already an expert at parenting, puberty came and I was back to square one again. Parenting a teen is a brand new thing to me. Sometimes I don’t understand my kid and I don’t know what to do but I am positive and I know I will be able to survive this. :)

  • http://www.multiplemayhemmamma.com Samantha

    Ha! You hit the nail on the head with this one, Sean! No doubt about it: you have to level the playing field and fight fire with fire – or Facebook with Facebook – to win this battle. That’s right: meet them on their own turf and scare the living heck out of them . Threatening to bare (pun intended) a humiliating status update? If that’s what it takes….;)
    Thanks for the laugh!

    - Sam -

  • Amy Kiel

    I love using social media as a “threat” for my teen… all in fun, but I do think it’s good ammo to have in my corner. ;)

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