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?