My mother-in-law is super tech savvy and at the age of almost 70 she uses her smart phone better than most people of her generation. She learnt to use the computer and email almost at the same time as us and even now uses her phone to look for recipes, book a cab, watch videos and stay in touch with all of us. She is always telling us how things are so easy and fast for us because of the technology available and I totally agree.
Recently I wrote a post about technology and children and “Things we need to teach our kids while using social media” That’s what got me to thinking how technology has impacted us moms too. Our parenting methods are so different from how we were brought up.
Here are a few areas where technology is boon to moms.
1.Mommy groups on different social media platforms
When big Z was born, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram etc had just about started gaining popularity. But 3 years later when lil Z came, the social media scene had changed dramatically. Now most of us moms are a part of multiple mommy groups on multiple platforms. These groups provide a good platform to learn from the experience of others who would have faced similar challenges that we are facing. With more and more families getting into the nuclear mode, getting instant replies from experienced moms is very comforting. It gives us a sense of some kind of bonding knowing that there are others going through similar experiences as us.
Other than medical advice (where your doc has to be your first point of contact) groups are very helpful in getting inputs on varying topics right from recommendations for playschools, kiddy recipes, nanny problems, mil problems and anything else under the sun.
2.Play dates and socializing
In the earlier days with joint families and more of a community culture, moms as well as kids didn’t have to look to find play mates or other moms to socialize. These days due to more of a confined environment, finding families and kids with similar interests and upbringing styles sometimes becomes difficult. Kids are always happier as well as have a better development when around other kids of similar age and thus having a good group for them to play in is very important. Here is where technology comes to our rescue again. There are many groups as well as apps that are solely created for this purpose. They arrange numerous activities for moms and kids or parents and kids and there is a good chance that you might find others with common interests and age kids.
3. School work
This is one of the other major benefits of technology that is extremely helpful to moms. From getting to know of the child’s progress and activities of school online, to receiving homework and assignments to admissions and payment of fees are all become online and usually available at the click of a button. This has become very helpful for moms especially the working moms who are aware of the homework even before coming home and can make sure the children complete their work on time.
4. Nanny cams
This is another way where technology is aiding moms to make sure their children are in good care while being able to balance their careers and work life. Being able to watch your child at any time while not being physically present is a very comforting feeling and prevents that guilt build up that many of the working mothers face. Also many schools and day cares have a complete live feed of their premises available to the parents just at the click of a button.
Maintaining paperwork has not been one of my key strengths and I’ve struggled a fair amount when it came to maintaining the files for the kids vaccinations and doctor’s appointments and medications prescribed. With apps like Emunity this task has again become so simple and easy where all the health and doctor related information can be fed directly using our smart phones and are easily accessible at all times. While moms are seldom careless looking after the kids health, when it comes to themselves, their own health often goes ignored. Again fitness devices like fitbits combined with various health and calorie intake and burned apps can help moms in their fitness regimes.
6.Remote working options
Many moms give up on their careers to help bring up their kids. With increase in technology related jobs remote working options have increased where moms can manage being around their kids as well as be connected to their careers.
While these are all enablers if not used judiciously, we might start spending more time on these and eventually end up getting addicted and eventually start neglecting the kids and ourselves. Making proper use of the helping hand that technology has to offer can help us with our parenting objectives making us stress free and happy.
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