Parenting: Before & After the Internet

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How did we survive before the internet? Certainly our parenting was far more driven by our own intuition than by that of our good friend Mr. Google. I suppose there were those things called parenting books that people could read.

“You are so lucky to have the internet,” my mom will often tell me. This is after I express to her that I’m refusing to give my kid juice before middle school because I’ve read somewhere on the internet that it’s a no-no. Or that my toddler won’t be wearing a winter jacket in her car seat because I’ve now seen the 12th video on how it could one day save her life.

How did this information get communicated so quickly before? Beats me.

Since the internet, my mom is no longer my only source of advice, for parenting or otherwise. Not that I really wanted to listen to her in the first place. And, now we have parenting resources online right at our fingertips! Whether the information is correct or not is a different story. But, we can be sure to find something that suits our views.

To create this list of ‘before & after” the internet, I called up my mom to double check the facts. So, you could say I did my research the old fashion way – via word of mouth.

 

Parenting Style & Techniques:

Before: You read parenting books from the book store or library to figure out the latest parenting technique. By the time you were done the book your kid had long left that stage of childhood. You also tended to parent by going with your gut or by listening to your mom.

Now: Everything you could possibly want is online and can be read (or viewed) in minutes. You constantly receive used parenting books from older parents as if you will actually read them. Not sure if they realize that no one reads parenting books anymore, do they? Regardless, you don’t need them anyways because everyone’s an expert in parenting now (ie. mummaknows….).

 

Parenting Experts:

Before: Your local doctor.

Now: Your favourite mommy/daddy blogger.

 

Teething Remedies:

Before: Rubbing rum on your baby’s gums was probably okay and pretty effective.

Now: We now understand that rubbing alcohol on your baby’s gums is probably not okay. As an alternative, we can purchase a plethora of over-priced necklaces (effectiveness: unknown), and hand made teething toys that can be purchased from your local mom on Facebook.

 

Buying a Baby Stroller

Before: Driving to the store and buying one of the two stroller options available.

Now: First, you spend several hours looking through every online review of the stroller you want to buy. You follow up by asking several moms on the street how they like their stroller. After comparing the Top 10 strollers of 2015, you painfully decide on purchasing a stroller, with the price tag comparable to a small mortgage, for your baby to literally sit in and be walked.

 

Buying Second Hand Baby Items:

Before: You get second hand items from relatives or close friends, or you make them yourself. Like using a clothes hamper as a baby seat.

Now: Craigslist (or other online resource for selling/buying used items yourself).

 

Cute Baby Clothing: 

Before: baby has one cute outfit which consists of pouffy-sleeved, plaid ensemble mimicking the Michelin Man.

Now: Cute outfits can be ordered weekly, online, at a extremely reasonable cost.

 

Cooking for Kids:

Before: Kids eat what you eat. Period.

Now: You get inspired by Pinterest to make food art and time consuming toddler food so you can later-gram it (#foodofinstagram #toddlerofinstagram). You will then receive the most ‘likes’ and comments of any other photo on your account (points for creativity and mom-savvyness).

 

Documenting Our Lives: 

Before: Your family photos are candid, often messy, real life moments. You have one token family photo shot taken by a real photographer in a studio. You had one picture taken when you were pregnant but tough luck finding it (as if you even wanted to).

NowA camera or smart phone is always ready, locked, and loaded to take your picture and post it somewhere online. You documented every week of your pregnancy with a labeled picture, also posted online. Baby photo shoots are choreographed with matching outfits, back drops/surroundings are researched for optimal creativity, and a photographer-wanna-be (mom) is behind the lens. If it isn’t right the first time. It will be re-shot.

 

Entertaining the Kids:

Before: Your kids played with old boxes, with toys that didn’t require batteries, with their brothers or sisters, and with even you!

Now: Your kids play with toys that light up or sing to them, they play on the ipad, or they watch TV. You can’t even get in a car or go shopping without a wifi/TV-device being shoved in their face. Sometimes they will communicate with you. On a good day.

 

During Nap Time:

Before: Clean the house?

Now: Scan the internet, watch your favourite PVR’d shows. Never, ever clean the house.

ethannevelyn
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16 thoughts on “Parenting: Before & After the Internet

  1. My kids are 12 and 10, I didn’t get my first mobile phone till I had kids… and I didn’t have constant access to google like I do now… so yes, totally get what you’re saying. nice piece. I’m home educating, and so glad we are doing that in the age of Google… total hats off to Home edders before the internet!!!! Wow! Mind you we still use our local library a lot… we probably would have just moved in there if we didn’t have the internet!!

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  2. Oh my gosh I am so glad you linked up! Love, love, love this post! I am still smiling after this one. I have often wondered how my mother did it without the internet. This is brilliant! Thanks for the laughs and thanks so much for joining the #FabFridayPost

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  3. Sometimes I am not sure that the internet has improved our life…quality of life anyway. But it is nice to have a world of information at your fingertips and I can’t imagine living life now without it. Not quite sure how I survived in high school without a cell phone either. Would have made things so much easier back then. lol. I am visiting from #FabFridayPost 💌Trista

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  4. haha I google everything and I’m a paranoid self diagnose! Yes I’ve fallen victim to food art, but my worst vice is the photos. I recently had to ‘order’ almost 5,000 images from my phone, camera, ipad etc and now attempting to get them all into photo books *collapses*

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  5. I must be parenting in the 1980’s for we still follow everything around our house the way we were raised…no food art, no electronic devices, no staged photo shoots, no Amber necklaces…we follow the baby’s lead and she has yet to stray us from the path of gentle, respectful attachment parenting. Love the way you’ve compiled the Befores and Afters. If only we could continue to follow our gut like our parents did…simple is good; simple is effective; simple is easy.
    Following the breadcrumbs from #FabFridayPost

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  6. I must be parenting in the 1980’s for we still follow the ethos of the way we were raised…no food art, no electronic devices, no staged photo shoots, no Amber necklaces…we follow the baby’s lead and she has yet to stray us from the path of gentle, respectful attachment parenting. Love the way you’ve compiled the Befores and Afters. If only we could continue to follow our gut like our parents did…simple is good; simple is effective; simple is easy.
    Following the breadcrumbs from #FabFridayPost

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