As a hyper-connected mom of the 21st century I could do my job from my phone if I had to... but unfortunately, it's currently in someone's mouth, again.
I follow mom-bloggers, pin activities for my kid's age, post my real life for everyone to know that I think spotless homes with children are all fake - there's just no way! But when my mom (now 64) made a comment the other day of 'I just did what I thought wouldn't kill you' made me laugh, then pause.
How did it not dawn on me until now that our parents raised us without the internet?! No google, no pinterest, no blogs, no WebMD (okay, we could all probably do with a little less WebMD) just good ol' fashioned common sense, or lack thereof and whatever unsolicited advice came from the neighbor down the street.
Here's an example; my dad (now 62) likes to remind me that I have a ways to go to reach my mom's level of mom-dom. "She used to cart you, your sister, 2 dogs and herself cross-country through airports, layovers, car rental kiosks and still manage to get you to your grandparents house in one piece!" I struggle to drive the handful of hours to visit them, because it ruins the lil' guy's sleep schedule and I am too tired already to deal with the havoc of a raging baby for however long that takes. So, yes Dad - I do have a ways to go.
My mom softly chuckles in the background saying "Well, I did used to give you girls a heavy-handed dose of Benadryl to make all that happen." Here's where the pause comes in...
In today's world of parenting - we have answers for every ailment, question, parenting theory, etc. at our fingertips. Now we know EXACTLY how much Tylenol to give our 12 month old, EXACTLY what parenting pro-tip to take care of burping babies, EXACTLY what product got recalled... Would WebMD have said that giving your children Benadryl for air travel was doctor approved. H-E-L-L-N-O.
However, am I any far worse than the damage I've done to myself in my 33 years? Not likely.
The point I'm trying to make is as parents, sometimes we're in a circumstance where we can't just ask Siri. Sometimes, we have to use our best judgement - because ultimately, our kids are awfully good at trying to sabotage themselves without our help. Who else feels like it's really your life's purpose to wipe up drool, and make sure our tiny human(s) don't injure themselves?!
If our parents could raise us without the internet and succeed, we can put our phones down for a few minutes and do it too! And, at the end of the day, it's nice to know that we're all on the same struggle bus together ❤️.
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