In honor of Mother’s Day, or the day in which I buy myself something and say it’s from my dog, I want to highlight five of the most stellar moms “taking it to the Tweets,” which is a phrase that I am going to make happen. Whether you’re a mother yourself, or just looking for more motherly advice in your life, these women have a lot of wisdom to share. Follow, follow, follow!
Hyla Molander @HylaMolander
After suddenly losing her husband during the 3rd trimester of her pregnancy and then finding out that her children are at risk of succumbing to the same illness that took their father, Hyla shifted her life focus to making the world a better place. Hyla has become an expert on using social media to affect change. She tweets thoughtful insights (“You can’t heal others unless you take the time to heal yourself. Seriously. Do something for you today”), empowers females everywhere through her annual “Women Rock It” conference, and encourages others to open up. As a mother of 4 with so much on her plate, Hyla reminds me that part of the responsibility of being a good mom means making the world a better place for your children.
Beth Blecherman @Techmama
Beth is a quintessential 21st Century lady – a mom navigating the tech world and creating a life for herself at the intersection of parenting, technology, and style. She shares the latest and greatest innovations in technology for moms, from toys to apps to clothes. Beth does the legwork for you, sorting through advertiser’s fluff and sharing her insights on what gear is worth it, and what to pass on. In-between raising her 3 (!!) boys, Beth finds time to write for Mashable, run a website, and write books.
Adryenn Ashley @adryenn
Adryenn is on a mission to change the world. She’s an outspoken, forward-thinking, dynamic woman dedicated to making entrepreneurs as successful as possible through social media. Adryenn is always doing 20 things at once: she produces, speaks, and writes while raising her son Jack on her own. And did I mention she homeschools him, too? Her positive attitude and social media expertise inspire me. You can gain a wealth of knowledge by seeing what she has to share on Twitter.
Tiffany Shlain @TiffanyShlain
Tiffany is a woman who visualized her dream and went out and grabbed it. She’s well-versed in both filmmaking and technology and used her skills to develop the Webby Awards. In addition to raising her two beautiful children, Tiffany gives talks on a variety of topics, such as the greatest finds on the Web or being a successful woman in a patriarchal world. On Twitter she shares motivational quotes like, “’Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim.’ Nora Ephron,” and compiles insights from influential women throughout history. Tiffany shows us how to lean in, as Sheryl Sandberg would say, to truly make our mark on the world we live in.
Polly Pagenhart @LesbianDad
Polly provides unique insights into modern-day parenting as an LGBT parent to two young kids. She reminds us that gay parents have the same problems as any other parents when she tweets things like, “My kids will have grown up, found love, had kids, & come to appreciate me in a new way, long before my iPhone finishes loading its new OS.” She tackles universal parenting dilemmas with tact and humor. Polly also tweets about difficult problems that are more exclusive to being an LGBT parent, such as receiving hate mail. Above all, Polly is worth following for her spirit, resilience and an obvious desire to make the world a better place for her kids.