There is no question that having a support system makes confronting the challenges of being a parent much more manageable.
Parents can connect with one another on their digital devices and receive advice on topics ranging from the best places to visit in a city to cybersafety tips. Many moms and dads also blog about their struggles and provide comfort to parents undergoing similar challenges. And often, these bloggers will offer freebies or discounts on products.
One great way to keep up with these online conversations is through hashtags. Hashtags are words or phrases beginning with a # sign that are found on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and are used to categorize content. Following hashtags is a great way to participate in conversations online and stay on top of the latest opportunities for your child or family.
Click on any of the hashtags below to connect with mommy-bloggers, daddy-bloggers, and an entire community of parents supporting each other. You don’t need a Twitter account to view the links provided.
These are the most popular hashtags used by parents. Click to browse tweets full of parenting advice, motivational quotes on raising children, educational resources, and special deals. Publications, such as The Huffington Post, and organizations, like the American LIbrary Association, also post articles to these hashtags. The contributions cover a variety of subjects, including digital citizenship, healthy habits, and neuroscience.
Join moms from all over the world to participate in discussions about parenting. Previous chats have covered all kinds of topics, from having a baby to playdate tips to ideas for crafts and recipes. MomCentral hosts this chat every Tuesday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.
This hashtag belongs to Mom It Forward, a social media community for moms. Its blog shares information on many subjects, like crafting, community service, and green living. In addition to hosting a yearly family retreat and providing guidance to its blogging network, Mom It Forward hosts the Girls’ Night Out (#GNO) chat every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, with over 200 participants. Meet other moms and exchange experiences and laughs.
Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan), of a Dad’s Point of View, hosts this chat for dads to connect and find support. #DadChat takes place on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Sponsors and special guests, like teacher Angela Maiers and author Joshua Braff, join the chat to answer questions. Check out the archives to read previous chats that cover advice on all things parenting, from potty training to raising millenials.
This is the hashtag related to the Dads In Ed podcast hosted by Brent Catlett (@catlett1), Devin Schoening (@dschoening), and Josh Allen (@j_allen). On the show, they interview other dads who work in the field of education. Enjoy listening to guests who are balancing fatherhood and the demands of being teachers, principals, and administrators.
Parent Teacher Chat takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of the discussion is to improve family engagement at schools, and parents, teachers, and school administrators use the platform to brainstorm ways for busy parents to stay involved in their children’s education. Browse the archives to get a sense of what’s been shared in the past and learn about dozens of valuable resources.
Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) founded Parent Camp, a free unconference — a loosely scheduled exchange of information — for parents. Follow this hashtag to discover the resources shared at the events and when and where the next one takes place.
Parents share suggestions on child-friendly, engaging apps. Many of the tools suggested are free and help children with literacy and math skills. This hashtag also alerts users when an app is free for the day.
Discover recommended books and authors for children of all ages. Users exchange titles of beloved stories as well as information on readings or literary events for kids.
This article is part of a new series on top hashtags that teachers, school leaders, and parents can follow. Read past articles, 10 Hashtags Every Teacher Should Follow, 36 Hastags to Stay on Top of Current Teaching Trends, and 10 Hashtags Every Education Leader Should Follow. Stay tuned for the upcoming post, Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates.