Positive parenting: 5 hacks to harness social media for wellbeing

In the era of digital parenting, the traditional saying "it takes a village" has evolved into a profound concept — the virtual village.


Social media platforms have transformed into essential communication hubs, providing parents with a vital space to seek support and share their experiences. As a therapist specialising in parent wellbeing, a mother of two, and a parent caregiver navigating the complexities of raising a child with health and neurodiverse needs, I have witnessed and personally experienced the profound positive impact of this online community on mental health.

I want to share with you five ways, you too can harness social media, to positively impact your day-to-day mental well-being. No more doom scrolling!

Hack 1: Curate a sanctuary of positivity

In a digital landscape often criticised for fostering negativity, social media platforms can be transformed into havens of positivity through intentional curation. Actively shaping your feed to include accounts that inspire, motivate, and share uplifting content creates a digital sanctuary. This intentional curation significantly impacts mental health, providing daily doses of encouragement and fostering a positive mindset.

Utilise the "Save" feature to bookmark posts that resonate with you, creating a personalised library of positivity, for those moments when you need a boost.

Hack 2: Connect with a supportive community

Parenting can be an isolating journey, but social media offers a unique avenue to connect with like-minded individuals. Engaging with parenting communities through forums, groups, or hashtags enables you to share experiences, seek advice, and provide peer support. The sense of community and shared understanding can alleviate feelings of isolation, promoting better mental well-being.

Utilise relevant hashtags to curate your feed with posts that align with your parenting values and resonate with your unique experiences.

Hack 3: Celebrate parenting wins and authentic moments 

Understanding the importance of celebrating both the triumphs and challenges in parenting, and sharing authentic moments on social media allows for a personal connection with others. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram become spaces to celebrate milestones, both big and small.

Positive feedback from your network creates a supportive environment, boosting confidence and fostering a sense of accomplishment and validation. This can feel especially crucial when you are lacking such feedback in your day-to-day relationships or have moments of doubting your capabilities in your parent caregiving role.

Hack 4: Access expert advice and resources 

Drawing on my background as a therapist, I recognise that easy access to professional guidance is invaluable to parents and caregivers feeling lost, helpless and hopeless with the diverse challenges that parenting can pose.

Platforms like Instagram and X (Twitter) host professionals sharing evidence-based insights on parenting and mental health. As a mother of two, following reputable accounts allows access to expert advice, curated resources, and practical tips. As an online therapist myself, I am passionate about filling the digital space with easy-to-understand psychoeducation that resonates with a diverse array of parents and parenting situations. Save informative posts to create a digital resource library for easy reference.

Hack 5: Promote self-care and mindfulness

Recognising the importance of self-care for parents and parent caregivers, social media serves as a source of inspiration. Following accounts that share tips on incorporating self-care into busy parenting schedules allows the discovery of practical ways to prioritise mental well-being. Platforms like Pinterest serve as virtual vision boards, curating ideas for relaxation, hobbies, and mindful activities.

Approaching social media mindfully, I, as a therapist, mother of two, and parent caregiver, recognise its potential as a powerful ally in my parenting journey. By forging connections, accessing expert insights, promoting self-care, celebrating authentic moments, and staying informed, I leverage social media to enhance my parental well-being. My intentional curation of online experiences focuses on positivity and valuable content that aligns with my parenting values.

By navigating this virtual village on social media with intention and mindfulness, parents can transform these platforms into powerful tools for connection, support, and personal growth. The positive impact of the virtual village extends beyond the screen, shaping a supportive and uplifting community that empowers parents on their unique and rewarding journey.

In this digital era, the virtual village is not just a concept — it's a lifeline for parents, fostering resilience, understanding, and collective strength in the beautiful chaos of parenthood.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Zara O'Brien, MBCAP, GMBPsS
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20

Zara O'Brien is a qualified therapist, a psychology graduate, and a current counselling psychology doctoral student. With a specialist focus on parenthood and mental wellbeing, Zara contributes valuable insights, blending therapeutic practice and research to empower parents with knowledge and tools that enhance their mental wellbeing.

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