Wealth of Information
As a new mom, I spent many an early morning nursing the baby and typing one-handed as I surfed the information highway, called the internet. I soon became an internet junkie.
I scoured every child development article as fast as my Google Alerts could spit them out. I thoroughly ran through symptoms on WebMD for any possible ailments I may have forgotten to worry about. We (the baby and I) found answers to our troublesome nursing issues. And naturally, I began researching the best colleges for a budding artistic genius. I felt the world was at my fingertips (albeit one hand). The information age was mine for harnessing.
As many mothers do, I soon realized that there was a problem with the quality of information that was filtering in. One site said always do this. Another, never do this. Yet another said sometimes it is that. All of this conflicting information compounded with sleep deprivation began to have me question if the internet was really the answer I was looking for.
A wise friend shared with me that it is much like the mommy grapevine. The closer the information is to the source, the more reliable it is. Not all sources are reliable, nor relevant. So it is in real life with mommy advice. I consider the source and take the information under advisement.
Now that the children are in school, the internet is still my go-to guy.
Need a question about homework? There is a homework helpline 24 hours a day on our local library 'net.
Forgot homework? All homework assignments and question are on the teachers' site.
How to save a baby bird? Googled it.
How does Santa come to our house when we have no chimney? Or where is Santa on Christmas eve? Santa is tracked via Norad is on Facebook and Twitter. Oh, happy day!
There are so many times that the internet has saved the day for us, most notably how to remove a splinter without tears. Scotch tape, of course.
As a mom, I am so thankful for all of the wealth of information at our fingertips. Good thing in this economy. It is a great to be a mom in the age of technology. I could use all the help I can get.