No one tells you how hard this is all gonna be.
All of it:
Marriage, being a parent.
It’s the hardest job in the world
and nobody prepares you for that.
Nobody tells you how much
you have to give up.
I feel like they do tell you,
but you don’t listen…
or you think, ‘Ah,
they’re just miserable.’
Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson spoke those words in the movie, “Marley and Me”. The words in this dialogue are simple yet true. Parenting has never been an easy task. There is no hard and fast rule to follow. There is no manual of instructions but just plain old basic instincts. No matter how much you have anticipated it you can never be prepared for what lies ahead. The comforting fact is that you are not the only one in the line of fire. All the parents go through the rough patch and all of them need lowdown on parenting basics from time to time.
For parenting issues you can talk to other parents and seek advice from them. Your parents can also be a big support. But how would you feel if you have someone always available to you to give you tips on parenting? That would be so wonderful but how is that possible? Who could that be?
Answer is, “Internet”. Internet can make it possible for you and help you to be a good parent. Besides getting parenting tips you can also use internet to research and ask info from parents before buying a certain product. There is a whole new world of possibilities and it is just a click away.
The whole world is over swept by the enormous power of internet. Internet is a wondrous creation which has spellbound us. Getting information is just a click away now. You can also connect with your friends and family with it, speak your mind out loud, join forums of your interest and then make friends with like minded people. Mobile internet has made it far more easier. It is a new technology but it seems like it has become a vital part of our lives.
Internet and Parenting
In this era of information technology a new breed of parents is emerging. The parents who employ information, knowledge and techniques taken from internet to their day to day parenting problems. The terms digital parenting, cyber parenting and iparenting are to name a few to describe this kind of parenting.
Internet is divided into many parts but the most popular ones are world wide web and the email. To get help, support and guidance parents turn to websites, blogs, forums and facebook pages.
More and more new parents especially new moms are turning to internet to get parenting advice. According to a research 8 out of 10 moms in USA look for info on the internet on topics ranging from pregnancy, parenting, household etc. Mothers, grandmothers and mothers in law can also play an important role but sometimes they don’t remember things. It may happen that a new research, product or a new parenting technique has been introduced to which you are not aware of. Internet help you fill in those blanks. As soon as you are pregnant, you can subscribe to newsletters from Babycenter and Pampers. It will help moms stay updated and provide practical tips on everything you are going through. Facebook and mom blogs also a great help.
Whether it is the first year of the baby, toddler tantrums, health issues, disciplining a preschoolers, resources for home schooling or handling a teenager, you can seek info, support and suggestions from parents like you in real time. There is a plethora of information available in cyberspace but you have to be cautious and stick to only reputable websites and blogs to get parenting advice to get the maximum out of it. Parenting.org and kidshealth.com are a couple of excellent websites to get a good start.
Child Safety on the Internet
Another reason that necessitates for being a digital parent is to monitor the online activities of kids of age 12 or older. A digital parent has the advantage of knowing the cyberspace and thus he/she can participate in her/his kids’ online activities. Internet offer many great things but it also has a dark side to it. As a parent you should be aware of the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. You have to constantly educate your kids on how to keep themselves safe while using the internet. Just before you make computer accessible to your kids, consider the following steps to make it a worthwhile experience for you and your family:
- Get a good child safety software installed on your computer.
- Talk to your kids about internet safety
- Tell them to be on the lookout for a certain kind of behavior.
- Get yourself involved in your kids’ online activities.
- Keep the computer in the public area of your home.
- Make yourself accessible and keep the communication lines open for your kids.
- Be sure you know your child’s passwords.
An interesting Fact
It is an interesting fact that mothers are more interested in parenting than fathers. Parenting is considered a “women’s work” not only here in Pakistan but also in other countries. In Britain mothers are still held responsible for child care. The great numbers of mom blogs also validates this fact.
Today you cannot talk about the blogs without mentioning mom blogs. They have become a giant niche and have a great influence in shaping up the present face of the blogosphere.There are thousands of mom blogs covering many topics including parenting, food/cooking, arts and crafts, art of living, home management etc. and thus showing their creativity to the world. Mom blogs also let you share your opinions about life, kids, home and everything you are interested in.
Social Networking For Parents
Facebook and twitter are great social networking websites but the good thing is that there are many other websites specifically made just for the parents. Parents can join these websites and get updated with parenting news, issues, new researches and developments from all around the world. There are millions of websites in cyber world for this topic but there are only a few with valuable resources and great community. Parentsconnect, Cafemom and minti are such good parenting websites from this list of authentic websites.
Technology is made to make things easier for us not to complicate our situations. The way we choose to use it make it good or bad. So choose wisely and be a happy parent.