Top 10 Reasons Moms & Dads Love Facebook
1) It's an Easy Way to Keep in Touch With Friends A 40-minute phone convo is the last thing you want when you finally sit down after feeding the kids, catering to their every whine and reading just one more book. But you can happily spend that time futzing around on Facebook, commenting on friends' posts (or at least clicking the "like" button to appear interested). And you can do it while you watch American Idol with a pint of Cherry Garcia in hand.
2) It's Perfect for Sharing Photos Just click a pic and then—click, click, click—upload it to your profile and friends and family that live halfway across the country (or globe!) can see the kids as they grow up.
3) It's the Best for Bragging Let your friends know about Sam's game-winning homerun or Emily's aced math quiz.
4) It Requires No Thinking Remembering to pack your kids' lunch, which day they've got ballet and where exactly they left their pink boots is enough of a strain on Mommy brain. Trying to stuff your friends' email addresses in there, too? Um, not gonna happen. Just send them messages on FB.
5) It's a Self-Esteem Boost Admit it, you've looked up your high school sweetheart before. And your "best friend" from seventh grade who told the whole school that you drool in your sleep. And there's sweet satisfaction every time you find one of these blasts from your past on the portly side or with kids who couldn't possibly compete with yours on the cuteness scale.
6) It's Like a Modern-Day Dear Abby Not sure the best way to warm a bottle? Wondering if M&Ms really are a good potty-training reward? Who better to ask than friends who've BTDT? Post a dilemma and—bam!—10 replies with actual, usable advice. No need to flip through a whole parenting book.
7) It's Better Than the 5 O'Clock News Where did you learn about Michael Jackson's death: the news or FB? What about who won the Monday night football game? Thought so. Parents who are glued to Nick Jr. all day can get their news from their own newsfeeds (it helps if you've got friends without kids to fill you in).
8) It Can Engage Your Brain Keep those brain cells from dying a slow and painful death from lack of use. Games like Scrabble, Words with Friends and Bejeweled are just the mind-bending break parents need. (Just please, PLEASE draw the line at Farmville.)
9) It's The Easiest Way to Check Up on Your Big Kids Parents of older kids can keep tabs on their teens by friending them themselves. You'd think they'd diss friend requests from "old people" like their parents, but, hey, they're not gonna reach that 500 friends goal without friending you, too! But even that won't stop them from posting status updates like "Ditching school today!" Can you say, "Grounded?"
10) It Gives You Some Power You can erase uber-annoying people from your life with the simple click of the "ignore" button. Don't care what your 10th-grade lab partner eats for lunch every day? Can't take your neighbor's daughter's Cafe World wins? Done and done.
Now it's YOUR turn! Comment below and tell us, what do YOU love most about Facebook?