A child is a wonderful gift to any parent. They are little bundles of joy capable of transforming your life, changing your perspectives and teaching you more than you could have ever hoped for. However, magical as it may be, it sure isn’t easy; and the internet has thrown one heck of a spanner in the works!
We are living in the dawn of a new era; the fourth industrial ‘digital’ revolution. Millennials are the first of the generations to integrate technology into their daily lives; born between the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s. It is estimated that five in every six babies born have millennial mothers, with over 17 million millennial new mothers each year and counting.
This is a brief look into the digital landscape that is parenting in a technological world.
An Abundance Of Resources
One of the major positives of an increasingly connected world – made possible by the internet – is that parents now have access to even more information on raising children than ever before. Don’t know how to change a diaper? YouTube is at your service. Looking for fun activities for the family? There are a plethora of Pinterest boards to explore.
With the google of web pages available at your figure tips; this much information can at times be overwhelming. However, there are many websites that focus on valuable and relevant content – like www.mommyauthority.com – to help you navigate through the ever-expanding abundance of resources, empowering you to have any advice or support you may need.
The Social (Media) Influence
We have all seen the power of social media to some extent to another. From its ability to zombie-fy people in a public setting, leaving them inept of any social skills; to the fluctuating fame of ‘meme’ culture – the influence of social media is developing at a rapid rate.
It’s showing no sign of slowing down.
Driven by a need to guarantee their baby’s online presence from birth; parents are starting to let the availability of email and social media handles influence the naming process of their children. This can range from exotic spellings of classic names, like Jaxon instead of Jackson, to influencing the choice of second names. There was even a brief moment in 2015 where parents were naming their children after instagram filters.
There’s An App For That
Applications are coded programmes that help you ‘human’ better. Ironic, but true. From tracking breastfeeding and pumping to regulating internet searches to location tracking; there is a selection of Apps for you to choose from. There is even an App that can freeze a child’s phone, preventing its use for anything else other than responding to a parent’s text.
There is a thin line between cautious concern and helicopter parenting; it’s up to you to decide where you stand.
A Cloud Full Of Memories
The rise and integration of technology into human culture, and thus parenting, has also ushered in a sentimental side. Another popular trend for millennial parents is using Gmail to capture a cloud full of memories. Parents create an account for their baby and whenever a significant milestone or moment occurs, they share it with their baby’s future self. These moments can be shared through long and heartfelt letters, images with captions, videos, and pretty much anything their creativity allows. These messages will be time-stamped and allow parents and family members to keep an accurate diary and record of all of their precious memories as their children grow up before their eyes. This can even be kept as a special gift, giving their child the password on their 18th birthday.
Technology has become so entwined with our lives; it is becoming more difficult to tell where we stop and it begins. Technology is hardwired into our culture and is starting to seamlessly connect into the ways in which we are raising our families. Abundant resources available online offer answers to any question we may have on the daunting journey that is parenthood. It may overwhelm us at times, and offer peace of mind at others. The social media influence is a force that only seems to be growing, pushing its reach further and further into the decisions we make in real-time. If you need a little help managing something, don’t worry, there’s an App for that. Just make sure your efforts of trying to ‘human’ better don’t prevent you from being humane. Then, there’s the sentimental side of tech that allows you to collect a cloud full of memories at the tap of a finger.
Parenting has never been easy, but it’s sure as heck exciting. So, why should parenting in a technological world be any different?