10 Ways Social Media Has Transformed Motherhood for the Better

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1. The comfort of a million moms
My son, Max, has special needs, and I regularly have a lot of paperwork to do to get him the services and therapies he needs. Once, on an ... more 
Photo by: Flickr/GrowWear
1. The comfort of a million moms
My son, Max, has special needs, and I regularly have a lot of paperwork to do to get him the services and therapies he needs. Once, on an evening spent slaving over school and insurance forms, I hit Facebook to say: "Like this if you're tired of filling out forms." Voila! Hundreds of likes and comments from moms who knew exactly how I felt. And suddenly, filling out forms was a little less painful. The friends I've made through social media have become a major part of my special-needs journey. I count on them for support, comfort, and go-you! cheers.
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With my daughter's sleepover birthday party coming up, I needed ideas for a good movie to show the nine girls. So I headed over to Facebook and posted my question. Within a couple of hours, more than 80 suggestions had poured in, including great oldies I'd forgotten (Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap) and excellent newbies (Brave, The Lorax). Plus one link to a mom who matched food to Disney movies; Toy Story movie night, for example, featured Mr. Potato Heads and Pizza Planet Pizza. Whoa -- outta my league! Not a day -- or sometimes an hour -- goes by without my being seriously thankful for social media. It's my go-to source for information, inspiration, relaxation and, oh yes, release of frustration. These are the 10 ways social media has been a mom game-changer for me, and many other moms. - By Ellen Seidman

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