Calgary mom bloggers have a theory about why so many of their kids have their cool videos posted on Facebook.
The Calgary mom blogger community has long been a haven for those who like to poke fun at and ridicule the “cool” and “casual” aspects of parenting.
“We’ve always had a little bit of fun with it,” said Sarah Rolfes, co-owner of the Calgary mom blogs, The Parenting Academy.
“The reason why we do it is because we have a bit of a bit more respect for what our children do.”
The Alberta Family Support Network, which represents parents in the community, says many parents are just as likely to be involved in videos on Facebook as they are in real life.
“A lot of them have really grown up with social media, and a lot of us have been online since we were children,” said FSN president, Kelly Mays.
“The kids get really good at making memes and videos, and they’re able to connect with other kids who are also just like them.”
Fossett said she thinks it’s the fun of being a part of something that allows parents to express themselves and share their feelings.
“If you can just have a few fun videos, that can really help a parent connect with their kids,” she said.
“It’s really cool to watch a parent have a laugh and have a good time, and I think that’s the most important part.”
Sarah Rolfs and her husband have started a new blog, The Family Support Academy, to give their kids the freedom to express their opinions and make their own videos.
(Sarah Ralfes)It’s all part of the fun, Sarah said.
The idea for the blog came to her when she was a parent of a child who was on social media.
“I just thought, what if you could have a place for parents to just be themselves and talk to each other in real time?” she said, adding that it would also allow parents to connect without having to send messages to eachother.
“Because you can see the other person, and you can know what they are thinking, and that’s really helpful,” she added.
Sarah said her husband, who works as a professional photographer, is always open to letting his kids have some fun on their own.
“Sometimes they have fun with their photos, but I don’t really think that they get into any serious issues with each other,” he said.
“Sometimes when they’re having a bad day or a really bad day, I’ll just let them get in the mood and let them have some silly fun, and we’ll share it.”
The blog has so far been created for Calgary, and Sarah said her blog is being posted there in part because of the city’s proximity to her family.
“That’s just a big part of why we’re here, because we are all close,” she explained.
“We’re all just kind of like the same little family.”
Sarah said she also hopes to see the idea spread to other Canadian cities and to other areas in the country.
“What if you just let your kids have fun and have fun, you know?” she asked.
“Maybe not just in Calgary, maybe we could spread the idea around the country and hopefully it will help people like me, who are just looking to just have some more fun, share with others.”