Working on everything from domestic violence to AIDS awareness to mental health and pro-family policies, most of these social media mavens started with a single idea that grew into so much more. They’ve created non-profit organizations, planned charitable events, and served as forum leaders and policy changers — all while empowering their readers to act. In between chronicling their kids’ field trips and flu shots on their own personal blogs, these parents still find the time to speak out on social issues, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and, ultimately, save lives. They’re simply inspiring.
There is so much good happening in the social media space today that it was nearly impossible to limit our list to just 25 parents. Because of this, Babble chose the following 25 parents as examples of the kind of amazing job many of you are doing when it comes to using social media to champion causes in your communities. We have not ranked these parents, as they — and you — are all wonderful in their own right.
Without further ado, here are Babble’s top 25 parent bloggers who are changing the world through social media, listed in alphabetical order. We hope you find inspiration in what they do, and feel emboldened to go out and make your own change in the world. — Babble Editors
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Who she is: We are none of us alone. That’s the theme of Band Back Together, a project started by Becky Sherrick Harks of the blog Mommy Wants Vodka. Harks’ third child, Amelia, was born with a neural tube defect, and the darkness and fear of those early moments after Amelia’s diagnosis led Becky to reach out for support. It was then that she realized just how many people were suffering through their own traumas and needed a place to share stories and find support. Band Back Together, launched in 2010, features stories submitted by readers who have been or are going through everything from infertility and anxiety to cancer and substance abuse recovery. And we’re not the only ones impressed by this inspiring mama: in 2011, Band Back Together won a Bloggie Award for Best-kept Secret Blog.
Why we love her: We love that someone who blogs with such silliness about a pretend cat named Mr. Sprinkles and the opened package of hot dogs in her fridge has also dedicated herself to creating a powerful forum for those who thought no one would ever understand their pain.