Single Parent Support and Twitter

A few of us single parents were having a natter on Twitter this morning. As you do!

It ended up with @outragel @lucyfurleaps @S_P_Brilliant and I discussing the possibility of using a #hashtag so that single parents can more easily search and share information, concerns, and more positive news via Twitter.

We put around some suggestions – #SPS #singleparentsupport #spsupport…

I like this idea a LOT!

In the years that I have been running OnlyDads I know that the hardest ‘phone calls and emails I get are from those mums and dads who use the word “isolation”. I think all of us single parents have experienced that sense of chronic loneliness from time to time. It’s a difficult bridge to cross. I have no hesitation these days in advising single parents to use social media like Twitter so that they can at least start communicating with others in a similar situation.

It seems to me that using the hashtag #SPS allows for maximum use of the remaining space in a tweet. The SP bit can stand for single parent and the final S can be for: support, space, smile, or snuggle….in fact, whatever we want!

The point is that single parent’s who feel in a space where they can offer support to others, and for (very lovely) organisations like Gingerbread and SPAN, and for others who just might want to dip in and find some other lone parents to tweet, the #SPS hashtag makes the job of communicating very easy indeed.

So, #SPS. What do we think?

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Single Dad living near Totnes in Devon. I founded in 2007 and live with my daughters Priya, 14 and Anya 11. I write about single parenting, work, overcoming trials and tribulations and sometimes not overcoming trials and tribulations.
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2 Responses to Single Parent Support and Twitter

  1. CoffeeCurls says:

    I agree that something universal would be useful, however #sps already exists as a hashtag for Share Point Saturday (whatever the heck that is) and also it isn’t something that a single parent could guess at, ie they would have to already know it to use it. Maybe #singleparent is so simple that it can’t not work? Or, with a wee bit of pushing, could you make #onlydad, #onlymum or #onlyparent a global phenomenon? Ok so that maybe a bit of a tall order but hey everything has to start somewhere x

  2. I guess #sps was just a starting point really, as it is a short hashtag it would leave more space for the post itself. I like the idea of being able to link to a group, to either listen and respond to another’s post or put something out there. (To me the concept of having a specific hashtag -whatever that is – just seems to be instant inclusiveness ).
    It would be interesting to see if it catches on, it may not but the thinking behind it is valuable. It can be pretty isolating bringing up children and there’s the added issue of worrying that we’re doing it ‘right’.
    I live on a small island where parent supporting services that are available are provided by someone I know in a personal capacity, making it harder to approach for help and guidance.
    So to conclude, it would be good to think that #sps would involve engaging isolated parents who may (like myself) prefer writing online than face-to-face engagement.

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