If you’ve looked around the Internet, you’ll see that mothers dominate the parenting discussion.
Sure, there are dads out there (like me) but we don’t have the volume of our mom counterparts.
In pondering why that is the case, I came to some interesting conclusions.
For ages, mothers have gathered together to share experiences and help each other. This started back when the men would go off to work the farm or hunt. The ladies would stay back at the house and take care of the family.
The need for moms to bond with other women has remained even though our society and daily routines have changed over time. This bonding is now made that much easier via social media and blogging.
To post online, you need time to write. Moms have a few moments of time during the day. (Ha! No, not really. ) But maybe, just maybe, she blogs during nap times or those brief moments when the kids are playing independently.
What about working mothers that still find time to blog? How is that even possible? The beauty of mobile devices and an always-on society makes posting throughout the day a reality for many.
However, more often, blogging happens at night after the kids go to bed.
Dads Find Other Outlets
A working dad can chat with his coworkers around the water cooler or coffee machine at work. This opportunity to vent frustrations or ask questions of others face to face reduces the need for an online outlet.
Manly Problem Solving
Guys tend to solve the problem and move on. Get in, get out, and get on with your life. Dads may find they have just enough time to seek out an answer to a problem and not to share what is happening after the fact.
Moms tend to solve the problem and then want to share with the whole world their problem and how they solved it.
Trade-Offs and Time
Perhaps dads are so busy working all day (and early morning or evenings) that the last thing they want to do is sit down at a computer and “work” some more on a blog. Dad thinks, “I just spent all day in front of the computer. The last place I want to be at night is hunched over my laptop and typing away the evening.”
If I had to choose between blogging and spending limited free time with my family, I’d choose family.
Many men also use their free time on hobbies (aka video games, etc.) instead of participating in the online parenting discussion.
Reality and Control
Men are supposed to have everything under control, right? To share the reality of parenting online could be perceived as a sign of weakness. To be transparent and real with what is happening in your home and family life tells the world that you don’t have it all under control.
Dads may prefer to escape reality and not linger on challenges of family life. This maybe why some of us run off to our man caves or immerse ourselves in video games.
If a dad sees no one else talking about parenting online, it creates the impression that there is nothing to be discussed. If I go online looking for a solution to a problem and find no other dads talking about it, I feel it must just be me. I’m weird. I don’t know what I’m doing.
Why do Dads Share?
With all this being said, there are still dads sharing their stories online. Why would they do that?
Dad wants to help others. I know that I’m in this camp. When we found out that we were having twins, I was completely overwhelmed. There just wasn’t a lot of information for fathers of twins. So I started dadsguidetotwins.com to help other twin dads that were in the same situation I was.
Other dads just want to shout from the rooftops, “Hey look at me! I’m awesome.” That’s cool. While that isn’t my style, I’ll admit that you can usually learn something for others’ experiences even if their style is different from your own.
Online is easier than real life. Let’s face it, you can be anything you want to be online and sugarcoat things or make things look harder than the reality. This disconnect between the real world and the online world makes sharing life online easier.
Stay at home dads may feel like they are lacking the social interactions they once enjoyed outside the home. Blogging and sharing their stories online help eliminate feelings of isolation. Even though the number of SAHDs is growing, it is still relatively small compared to moms.
What do you think? Why do moms seem to dominate the online parenting discussion? Let us know in the comments.