Looking for some more pro-child content to fill your Facebook feed?
Recently a friend messaged me that she was discouraged by all of the child-shaming, pro-spanking and generally depressing parenting posts that kept coming through Facebook. She said she felt like the only parent who didn’t believe that hitting, shaming, coercing, bribing and hurting kids were the best ways of parenting.
It can be discouraging and heartbreaking to see yet another post that celebrates that sort of parenting, and there are definitely places on Facebook where you may feel like the only parent who thinks children deserve better.
The good news is that there are many wonderful pages on Facebook that can help balance the negative with positive, loving, helpful posts that celebrate the true goodness of children and teach a better way.
Here are some of my favorites.
- Peaceful Parenting is one of the largest attachment parenting pages on Facebook, with over 150,000 likes. This page shares a lot of thought provoking posts about topics such as breastfeeding, co-sleeping, non-punitive discipline, circumcision and baby wearing. There is a lot of focus on the science behind attachment parenting, with research and links to back it up.
- Crunchy Mommas International seeks to be a “location of empowerment for the crunchiest of mommas — or those who aspire to be just a bit more granola.” Topics include everything from baby-led weaning to water births to vegetarian diets to natural toys. Lactivism and intactivism are two core tenets.
- Fatherhood for Geeks posts lots of fun “geek” links but also lots of posts about attachment parenting, unschooling and what children deserve from us. This is a fun page to follow that will also help reinforce your positive parenting instincts.
- Reggio Children Inspired is technically a page for preschool teachers and homeschoolers who follow the the Reggio Emilia approach, but it is always full of wonderful content that pertains to the value of play, nature, creativity and personal empowerment for young children. It is also a great source of marvelous crafts and activities.
- Natural Papa shares lots of articles about attachment parenting, natural health and children’s rights.
- Attachment Parenting is a large page that posts a lot of pro-child images, quotes and recommended reading. Topics include co-sleeping, breastfeeding, baby wearing, gentle discipline and body autonomy.
- The Unschool Dad is a page about unschooling, but it’s also filled with great posts about children’s rights and attachment parenting. This is one of my favorite pages for pro-child quotes and images to repost.
- New Beginnings is a magazine put out by La Leche League, so the page’s main focus is on breastfeeding. It’s also a great source of information on infant development and related issues.
- The Leaky B@@b is another breastfeeding page, but one that’s a little more playful — and just as helpful. You can find posts on topics such as nursing multiples, breastfeeding support for teen mothers and pumping (along with any other nursing subject that could come up), but also posts about sex after baby, pictures of breastfeeding mamas in Halloween costumes and even an occasional funny cat video.
- Motherwise is a page that shares many member questions for gentle parenting advice, along with articles and information on topics such as natural health and gentle discipline.
- Nonviolent Parenting shares child advocacy information regarding issues such as spanking, circumcision and respectful parenting.
- A Magical Childhood is my own page, for the non-profit Magical Childhood blog and website that I’ve run for about 13 years. I try to share things to support parents that will also help support children, such as ways to make the day magical and just plain fun ideas (for parents and kids).
These are just a few of the pages out there that advocate on behalf of kids and help balance out the negatives. I find new ones to like every day, which I take as a very encouraging sign.
Do you have other pages to recommend? Please add them in the comments!
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