|We’ve come a long way, baby.
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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Internet. It’s my virtual map, cook book and lifeline to the outside world on the days when it feels like the walls of my home are closing in. I’ve found old friends, made new friends and reconsidered friendships as a result of online networking. I know who is due to have a baby any day, who just got a new car and who got too wasted to function last night (ahhh, kids) because the Internet keeps me updated.
I’ve also misdiagnosed myself with a few serious ailments as a result of my online research and clicked on a few things accidentally that I really wish I hadn’t. Still, overall, I feel that my life is more convenient, informed and fun because of that crazy phenomena known as the world-wide web.
As a parent, I feel like my troubles are shared and my happy moments celebrated because of the Internet. I was talking about my lack of “real friends” a few weeks ago with my mother-in-law but followed up by saying that it helps to have an online community of support.
Which is why I’m dedicating my personal posts this week to the ways that the Internet has changed parenting and benefits contemporary moms and dads. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, so stayed tuned this week to read more.
I figure I can start off by getting your input. In what ways does the Internet help you/encourage you as a parent? Has it been harmful in any ways? In what specific ways has the online world made your life as a parent easier?
Leave a comment, answer our weekly poll (right-hand column) or shoot me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear what you think!
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