From essential oils to over-sharenting, here are the top hot trends in parenting. Would you try them?
Trend #5: Virtual Reality Toys
VR — or virtual reality — is going to be huge in 2017. Thankfully there are affordable versions that you won't mind getting your kids for their birthdays. In this article from the VR experts, Virtual Reality Pop, you can see their top 10 picks ranging in price from $15 all the way up to $1,000. Last year, two of my kids got VR headsets that they sync with their smart phones. Guess who was vying for time on them at any given second for the month after Christmas? Yes, me! The experience was so cool. It was like a mini vacation. Some of these toys are quite pricey, but there are affordable options which you won’t want to miss.
Trend #6: Road Trips
With gas prices down, road trips are more popular than ever. One of our favorite surprises for our kids when they were younger were our “mystery trips.” We would pick a day-trip destination and wouldn’t tell our kids where we were going except for the clues we would give before we left. During the trip, they would have to guess based on our clues. Our college kids still talk about one trip where we drove five hours just to have dinner in restaurant that was built in an underground tunnel. The best part about a road trip is that you can take them any time of the year and make them as long or short as you like, and it’s great bonding time for all of you.
Trend #7: Instant Pots Help Resurrect Family Dinners
I’ve always said that a crockpot or slow cooker is a mother’s best friend, but now, I’m going on record as saying the new Instant Pot is my go-to kitchen appliance. When I saw this as one of the hot trends for the new year, I danced with glee!
Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools and helps to speed up cooking by two to six times, which makes getting dinner on the table that much more doable.
I’m totally on board with this pick, so if you’re looking to serve more home cooked meals and enjoy quality family time breaking bread, you might want to give the Instant Pot a try yourself. See Also: 5 Tips to Make Family Meal Planning Easier
Trend #8 Less Sharing on Social Media
This trend is an important one because of how active we as parents, and our kids, are on social media. First, I openly admit I am a social media junkie. One of the first things I do when I turn on my computer or phone for the day is to check out Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I consider these my social playgrounds because I can interact with friends, new and old, across the country and even the world while sitting comfortably in my own home, in my office, or while waiting at a doctor’s appt. The cyber sky is the limit!
There are downsides to social media, however, and when it comes to our kids, we can sometimes overexpose them without even realizing it by posting photos, comments, and stories that can infringe on their privacy or comfort levels.
As many parents have started to realize, the trend of over-sharenting will probably see a downfall next year.
Stacey Steinberg, a law professor and the associate director of Center on Children and Families, Florida wrote in a post that parents don't share information online maliciously but instead they fail to consider the potential or longevity of what's happening to the information they are posting online. Steinberg notes in this article that these types of posts could put the child's safety at greater risk. As many parents have started to realize, the trend of over-sharenting will probably see a downfall next year.
So while I will still continue to enjoy my time on social media, this trend has definitely got me thinking twice about what I share with the world.
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