How often do you use your cell phone?

As a mom blogger, you’re busy. You cook, clean, teach, work, network, write, create and at the end of the day, you’re a mom: one of the busiest jobs of them all.

But on top of all the responsibilities being a mom brings, could blogging and media engagement hinder how you parent? Could it benefit your parenting? Or could it just be the next step for how we engage with our kids and our friends?

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Many moms today use social media to work alongside their parenting.

The Daily Mail out of the U.K. reported on a 2007 survey and said that parents spent “more time watching television and cleaning up around the house than talking to their children.” It also reported that U.K. moms in 2010 spent an average of 92 minutes online- no mention of whether or not mom bloggers spent more time or the same amount online each day.

And BabyCenter reported on a 2009 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and said that “adults living with a child under age 6 spend 3.5 hours a day online. In contrast, they found that these same adults spend only 2 hours a day providing ‘primary care.’”

Mom bloggers of the world, unite! Can blogging really be that distracting or conflicting to being a “good” parent? We talked to several influential mom bloggers to see what they had to say on blogging, parenting and how the two mix.

Jamie, author of Hands On: As We Grow, says blogging helps her connect with other moms and also lets her keep a running scrapbook of memories. Roxanne Piskel, author of Unintentionally Brilliant, agrees. She started her blog to document her child’s growth and share special moments with family that live far away.

A New Age Scrapbook

While both take blogging seriously, they say there is a time and place for blogging.

“Unfortunately there’s some kind of high from seeing what is being said about you in the blogging world,” says Jamie. “As I continue to blog, I battle hurdles like this a lot, most recently I put up a website blocker for certain sites and times of the day to prevent me from just ‘popping’ in and checking what’s going in the social media world when I should really be spending time with the kids.”

Roxanne also tries to not use social media when she interacts with her son.

“If [my son] is off playing in his room by himself, which he prefers a lot more as he gets older, then I don’t feel guilty about going onto Twitter to catch up with some of my friends.”

“If he comes in while I’m on Twitter and wants me to read him a book or go play a game with him, I log off and focus my attention on him immediately,” she says.

Many moms acknowledge the time that kids need to be creative, have their own space and learn independence.

Jamie added, “Children need the time to be free and play for themselves. This is where they learn and grow the most. If you were at home, what would you be doing while your children were playing nicely in the other room? Sit and watch them the entire time? Doubtful. I’m sure you’ll be cleaning, or putting away laundry, or checking your email. Same thing goes for tweeting. It’s just multi-tasking at its best.”

Community and Seeking Help

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How often do you use your cell phone?

In addition to being able to digitally scrapbook their children’s growth, many moms have found communities on the Internet where they can seek parenting advice and help on more specific issues related to their kids. Some moms even created those communities and forums.

Amy, author of Coffee Lovin’ Mom says, “there are numerous blogging communities that can be incorporated for certain situations or interests – autism, PPD [postpartum depression], premies or loss of a child, recovery, cancer, disorders, the list could go on.”

Roxanne echoed Amy’s statement. “It’s all about the connections made. I believe being a part of this community improves my parenting, because I have support.”

Social Media as New Lifestyle

As social networks and media engagement infiltrate all other facets of our lives, social media could just be an organic step into the next generation of parenting techniques and lifestyles.

“When I was a kid, we pretended to talk on the phone. My daughter pretends to text…,” says Amy.

Megan at likes social media because it makes sharing and connecting easy. “I am busy, but I also want to connect with other moms and like-minded people. That’s why I tweet,” she says.

“In the past few months my blogging has changed. I have a toddler and she is very much needing attention so my blog is suffering,” says Megan.

“I’d call my blogging techniques seasonal. Different seasons of life require more or less of particular areas. It isn’t my job to blog; its a hobby for me.”

Spending time online is a growing sector for everyone, not just millenials and youth, but also for moms, dads, even grandparents. So it makes sense that moms would incorporate social media, group connectivity and new ways of sharing into their daily routines.

What do you think? Do you use social media and the Internet to parent or talk about parenting? We want to hear about it. Share this and leave us a comment.