Here are some of my recent Google searches…
“how to deal with the terrible twos”
“toddler only cranky at home”
“toddler won’t eat”
“6-year-old behaviour issues”
“calories in pumpkin seeds”
Yeah, I am a Google parent (and obviously also semi-concerned about what I am eating as I search for parenting advice online). When I was pregnant, I signed up for a group on babycenter.com and shared every ache, craving, and detail of my birth plan with all 200 members of “Natural Birthing Moms December 2009”. I lived miles away from these women and never met any of them face to face, but I took comfort that we were all going through the same thing. After I had my daughter, I sought advice anywhere I could get it…from my family, friends, random moms on the playground, and yes…Google. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be a new mom and not be a finger tap away from mommy blogs, the latest research articles, parenting discussion groups, and “100 ways to entertain your seven-month-old”. Yes, some say we live in a world where we are overloaded with too much information. And it is true that I often have to wade through a lot of really ridiculous advice before I get to the good stuff (you would be surprised how many people seriously recommend giving a baby alcohol to make it stop crying/sleep). But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Google is awake at 3am when I am listening to my daughter cough and wondering if there are any natural remedies that will soothe her. Google quickly finds recipes that allow me to hide vegetables in otherwise kid-friendly food. And Google doesn’t judge me when I search for “saggy breasts after breastfeeding” or “sex drive after childbirth”.
OK so I guess it isn’t all about the kids. Sometimes, I need a little reassurance about myself, too.