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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Wednesday
Sep262012

How The Internet Has Changed Parenting

I don't know what it's like to raise children without the internet. What that really means to me is that I've been able to read the personal stories of others raising children. Like watching a reality show, I've followed the upbringing of some children for years and years and have been able to learn from the parents I admire. And you guys commenting on my posts about raising kids just like you did yesterday - invaluable. Y'all have talked me off ledges on more than a few occasions.

Another huge impact: I've been able to look up facts within seconds, answers to questions my mom would've had to learn by calling the doctor or - oh my God - going to the library and paging through books! Yikes. Can you imagine wondering how to deal with a sick child in the middle of the night without the internet? The internet has calmed me down more than a few times. I mean, how did our parents do it without the internet? Like parenting blindfolded! In the dark! With ear muffs on! Or, God forbid, taking your mother-in-law's word for it.

Yeah, the internet has several downsides too, including even too much information sometimes, but for me, the good stuff far outweighs the bad, particularly now that I make my living by writing on it. Here then are twenty ways the internet changed parenting. How has the internet most affected your style of parenting?