Recently, the National Post published an article titled The iParents: Adults face modern struggle to balance staying connected and hands-free parenting. The article explores how parents are working to balance living in a digital age (always accessible outside office hours!) while parenting with the high expectations put on us by parenting authors, the media and our mothers in law.
These articles are a great read, when they’re balanced as I feel this one was, but lately I’ve been pretty prickly over some of the posts I’ve read online and shared on Facebook that – to me – do nothing more than guilt parents for living life in a digital world.
We’re continually being judged on our parenting, right from day one in the hospital. Now, it seems it has unfolded onto the playground. We’ve all seen that mom with her nose in her phone, or eReader at the playground and raised our eyebrow at her. But you know what? I’ve been that mom. Because I’m human. And clearly not perfect.
We can all strive to be better, but I think in 2013 we need to look at ways of improving the reality of parenting while digital. Find ways to adapt, improve, and be better.
Today I did an interview with News Talk’s David Kirton, and I was asked to share my thoughts on this subject. Take a listen to the Podcast here – I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments below!