I'll admit I was rather late to adopting a significant social media presence. I had Facebook, sure, but I stayed away from all other emerging platforms, convinced I didn't have time to maintain them all. Eventually, however, signing up became a necessity. Now Twitter and Instagram are not only an important part of my career, they're pretty damn fun. Still, I'm new to hashtags and, as a result, have some feels. In my opinion, there are just too many parenting hashtags that shouldn't be a thing. I mean, yes, you do you, but come one, you guys. Really?
I don't think hashtags are meant to be taken completely seriously, so it's important to view the entire "social media" thing with a grain of salt. However, and having said that, the hashtags I take a particular issue with are those that shame parents or kids, try to pigeonhole all parents into one type of identity, or perpetuate a "reality" of parenthood that doesn't actually exist.
Of course, social media hashtags can be positive, too. I mean, they have started entire movements that have evoked significant cultural and political change, especially now and in the midst of a contentious, dangerous, and polarizing political climate. They bring people together and make those of us who might not have access to a significant support system, feel less alone. They can raise awareness of important debates and causes and help to build a community. So believe me when I say that while some are annoying, the majority of hashtags serve a righteous purpose I am all about. Still, when it comes to these particular parenting hashtags that do more harm than good, I wish we didn't need them or use them. Like, at all.