13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards Parenting

Parenting is hard work, and anyone with kids knows that there are infinite ways to go about doing it. Our nominees represent just a few of those ways, all of which find magic in the small things and teachable moments around every corner. These are the families we have laughed and cried along with this year, and the parents who have impressed us with their resilience and creativity.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Family and Parenting Shorty Award.


Benny Harlem
The only thing bigger than Benny Harlem’s mane of hair might be his social media following. He has amassed over 290K Instagram followers in one year since joining, just by sharing tidbits of his daily life alongside his beloved daughter Jaxyn. The LA-based father, model, and musician believes in “maintenance, patience and keeping a great positive …
Eh Bee Family
Family life is fun, especially if you’re in the Eh Bee Family. It looks like the family is achieving their goal to “make as many people smile as possible,” racking up millions of followers across social media feeds—and a whopping 2.2 billion Vine loops. With the recent closing of that platform, the family has really stepped up their EhBee.TV YouTu…
James Breakwell
@XplodingUnicorn on Twitter, James Breakwell posts “his daily failures as a father” of four girls, and now it’s his social media following that’s exploding. After a front-page BuzzFeed feature landed in April 2016, his Twitter account grew to nearly 700K followers, with no signs of stopping. The “comedy writer and amateur father” often posts ironi…
Life of Dad
Life of Dad is more than just a social media presence, it’s a community of dads from all walks of life who come together to post the things most important and meaningful to them. LifeofDad.com is a hub for shared articles, videos, podcasts, and more from a wide array of member fathers, and the popular Life of Dad Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram f…
That Happy Family
With over 100M loops, That Happy Family took Vine by storm, showing that when it comes to kids, it doesn’t all have to be sappy and sentimental. In fact, their (seamlessly doctored) videos usually look outright dangerous, like a kid pushing her brother down a flight of stairs in a Tupperware bin, or “doing the dishes” by hurling dirty glasses at t…


Dad or Alive
Adrian Kulp was a TV comedy executive until life turned upside down and he found himself as a full-time stay-at-home dad, a role that he has embraced and enshrined on his popular Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. With posts that serve to inspire other parents, either by showing Adrian’s resolve in the face of daily hardships, or by commiserating over …
Family Fun Pack
Staying true to their motto of “fun with the family, every day,” Family Fun Pack post a new video of their five-kid (and two-dog) family to their YouTube channel each and every day, many amassing well over 10 million views. They document family challenges, road trips, daily life, and so much more, living candidly in front of the camera to share their family…
Fatherly wants to “expand your mind and possibly turn you into a super-dad in the process,” by spreading insider ideas, information, and tips from fathers who know. Whether it’s tricks for perfect swaddling of your newborn, or product recommendations for toys that truly grow your kid’s horizons, or even insight into how we as a society could be doing this w…
Harmony & Elliott Smith
It seems like a simple premise, but single mom Harmony Smith’s offhand YouTube bio, “I have a son. We laugh at each other a lot,” sums up the rapport she and her son Elliott have built across social media, making quirky joke videos for tens of thousands of followers. Always a showman, @theotherelliottsmith often dances and sings his way into fans’ hearts, u…
Ilana Wiles
A “working mom from NYC who writes a blog instead of sleeping,” Ilana Wiles is the force behind Mommy Shorts, a blog and social media presence that details everyday life with two young daughters, Mazzy and Harlow. From cookie-eating challenges to overzealous cake-baking, Ilana gifts her nearly 150K Instagram users with ridiculous scenes from the family’s Ma…
Lauren Jimeson
After moving with her husband and newborn from the suburbs of the South up to Manhattan, Lauren Jimeson did what any newcomer would do—she started a blog to deal with the craziness of her newfound city, and parenting, life. SincerelyLauren.com has since become a social media phenomenon, too, with nearly 18K Instagram followers soaking in the daily family de…

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