Social media has revolutionized what it means to be a mother. Sure, the basics of mothering remain the same throughout the ages, but with all the information of the internet at our fingertips, new theories catch steam quickly, unsafe practices are brought to light in front of large audiences, and people can pick and choose which parenting methods work best for them in real time, as these methods are being used and tested by others.
One of the largest drawbacks to staying at home with your kids is the broad-stroked isolation you feel as your friends continue on their paths while you stop your own development to jump start your babies' development. Though spending hours upon hours with your kids is fulfilling in a way nothing else can be, it is also lonely, as your main mode of conversation becomes: "Do you want this or that? Do you have to use the potty? Please, stop crying."
Gone are the days of idle chat with your peers, the coffee shops, the restaurants, the heart-to-hearts. You can barely get an entire sentence out without addressing your kids in some manner, which is off-putting to conversational attempts to say the least.