The March issue of Parenting contains a great article called "The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Got." What I love about this article (besides the fact that WE ARE IN IT, but I'll get to that in a moment) is that it reflects exactly what it's like to ask for parenting advice these days.
From the intro:
Moms and dads in 2013 have an ever-expanding network of family, friends, Facebook friends, friends-of-kinda-sorta-friends, and total strangers to crowd-source ideas for getting through your latest dilemma. While this can be a recipe for information overload, sometimes you get that laser-focused advice or perfectly timed Facebook message that puts things into perspective.
Those of you who've been hanging around Parent Hacks long enough know it wasn't always like this, even just a few years ago. To me, this is one of the best things about social media. Much as people love to write off Facebook/Twitter etc. as a time waster, it's can also be a lifesaver.
But enough with the academics! WE'RE IN PARENTING MAGAZINE, PEOPLE. Parenting gave us a lovely sidebar featuring the following hacks:
- Clean up spilled glitter with play dough
- Uses for over-the-door pocket organizers
- Silly Bands double as water glass markers
- An empty tissue box collects kid's car trash
There's so much more to it, and I encourage you to read the entire article.
Here's to crowdsourcing parenting! And to Parenting for putting the day-to-day wisdom we gain on the job on par with "expert advice."
Special thanks to Sasha Emmons, author of the article. She's a gem, and she also put "MacGyver" in the title.
Also, you might appreciate this piece from Katherine Stone on crowdsourcing parenting.