Every parent knows that friends and family are lifesavers, especially when you need parenting advice. In the digital age, that means posting a status on Facebook to ask all of your online friends for ideas. But, that might not be such a good idea.
While asking your online acquaintances might sound harmless, it could actually cause a range of issues. For instance, if you rely on social media too much, you might stop trusting your own instincts as a parent. And, that's not all.
Another issue, said educational psychologist, consultant and parenting coach Lori Day, is when parents rely on social media, when they should instead be talking to professionals such as a teacher, pediatrician or child psychologist.
Posting too much information about your kids' problems or issues online could also cause privacy issues or embarrass your children in the future. Some issues are just better to deal with privately with your family.
Despite the negative possibilities, some parents still like the community social media provides, especially if they live far from most of their family members or friends. In those situations, it's probably best to restrict viewing of your posts to close family and friends.
It's also important to choose which topics you talk about online carefully to avoid putting too much sensitive information about your family out there.
Sure, getting advice on how to get a toddler to sleep through the night or how to deal with a fussy eater makes sense and seems relatively harmless. But is there something creepy about picking a baby name based on Internet responses or deciding on a punishment based on the opinions of followers?
You don't want to overshare on social media, because once you put something online, it's just about impossible to delete it completely. Click here to learn about more things you should never share on Facebook.