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: Ellen writes beautifully about the journey of parenting a special-needs child on her blog, Love That Max. She has turned her own experience with her son Max’s cerebral palsy into national advocacy for all special-needs children. Ellen is one of Parenting magazine’s 50 Must-read Moms, and her blog was voted the best special-needs blog in The Bump’s Mommy Blogger Awards. She’s also one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers.
Why we love her: Ellen has been at the forefront of supporting the Special Olympics’ campaign to “Drop the R-Word.” Whether through writing blog posts or creating YouTube videos, she tirelessly campaigns to help people understand how hurtful and unnecessary the word “retarded” is. She has also raised money to donate iPads to children with special needs.