My Twitter Life by @Foodymama (Misbah)

We’ve been publishing posts from lots of people who use Twitter as a support tool. If you need any more convincing to jump into Twitter, then read Misbah’s story…

Misbah twitter pic

I first got the bug for social networking when I first got married, many of my friends & family were using some form of social network sites and it seemed the obvious answer to keep in touch with my friends and family since I’d moved on to pastures new. I decided to go with Facebook  as that’s the site the majority of my friends and family were using, and only a handful were on others such as Twitter or Tumblr.

I eventually gave in to Twitter after several requests from certain friends and family that found Facebook ‘too much’ and it took me the best part of a year to get the hang of it. I’ll be the first to admit that at first it was all about following favourite celebrities, wether singers, presenters or chefs. Eventually I began using it to share my love of cooking and my ambition of working professionally in the world of food.

So how does my social networking life tie in with my life as an adoptive parent I hear you asking? Well it’s actually all thanks to BAAF!

One rather stressed and agitated morning after a rather deflating meeting regarding support for my son with Social Workers I decided to try and take some control and began to look at BAAF & Adoption UK to see what advice I could get. Trawling through the pages I found a link to a Twitter account & blog by an adoptive mum, which happened to be The Boy’s Behaviour!

So click the link for the blog I did and as I read her posts I instantly felt a rush of relief, I thought to my self that this mum was reading my mind, so I thought I’d follow her on Twitter, and she followed back !

From that one connection I found a whole community of adoptive parents, some new in their journey, others much more experienced, I followed them and they followed back.

Finding the parents I have has been such a support from the general tweeting sessions in the evening when the kids are tucked up in bed and have a good natter, to those moments when you just need to rant to someone that gets ‘it’ . I have been lucky enough to meet up with Sarah (from the Puffin Diaries) & Kat (@on_the_edge) and share our stories face to face, and with Twitter I’ve learned that you don’t have to be alone in this journey, you’re not crazy and the situations we find ourselves in as adoptive parents is pretty much the norm.

So Twitter has fed my love of keeping up to date with my favourite celebrities, enabled me to share my love of cooking & given me a wonderful community of parents who I’ve struck a genuine connection with in my journey to becoming the best parent I can to my 2 precious babies, a connection that quite frankly without it I’d feel rather lost and alone.

Misbah tweets as @Foodymama, and she also blogs at Foody Mama blog. You can find out more about her on our contributors page too.


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