Helping kids balance social media with the real world

People say the friends we make on social media aren’t real friends, but I don’t care. I still need them, because life can be rough and they make things so easy. See, it’s hard to make real friends as a parent. You’re generally choosing among the parents of your kids’ friends, and then you have to consider if your spouses will like each other or you have enough in common. And if we hit it off, I actually have to care about you. I’ll want to know how your weekend was or if you need me to come to the doctor with you. I’ll want to see you for lunch or a walk. I’ll be a good, caring friend, and that’s a lot of work.But social media friends are so easy. I can ignore your post about losing your grandmother if I’m running late, and I can roll my eyes at the comment about your latest victory. You don’t have to care about my kids – you probably don’t even know their names ― and we’re still friends.I don’t lie to my real-life friends. I’m honest and expect the same in return. I’ll tell them when something bothers me because I… Read full this story

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