It kind of goes without saying that the internet has changed each and every one of our lives drastically.
More people are online and let’s face it, the plethora of information and opinions and ideas, both good and bad, coming down the electric pike grows miles with each passing minute.
Of course, the ways in which our individual lives have been affected by the most important invention since fire vary greatly; depending on everything from how much time we actually spend surfing the web to what we try and get out of it.
But one thing is for certain.
If you are a parent of a child born in the last fifteen years or so, the way you are raising your kids has indeed been influenced, in some capacity, by the cyber world.
There have been times in the last 3 years, since my own 2 kids were born, when I have held the internet tight to my chest, like an old trusted friend. There have hundreds of examples when I used yet another Google search to come up with some idea or information to help my wife or me make a decision about things as far-flung and varied as what to do when our child has an earache, or which books might make great Christmas presents for a 2-year-old, or simply what other dads might do when their kid lays down in the aisle of the supermarket and wallops the world with a mega-tantrum.
So as I’ve been thinking about this lately, about how much the world wide web has influence and repulsed and impressed and affected me in my quest to be the best 21st century parent I can possibly be, I thought it might be the perfect time to take a look at just how powerfully the internet has indeed changed all of our lives, as moms and dads.
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