Social-media and smart devices are playing crucial roles in our lives these days. Right from the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you go to bed, we are dependent largely on these things. Refraining from digital devices for few days may seem impossible for many of us but you must really consider the advantages before completely ignoring the idea.
These days, everybody is on social media and there are like millions of pages and websites that provide parenting advice. Just type a keyword and you get literally a thousand information on that topic. Everybody wants to share their experience and ideas on the internet but we never know which is authentic and real.
As a first time parent, we all have this uncontrollable tendency to google often to know if everything is all right with our little one. Even a small burp may scare us and the next second we get this urge to search on google to know if the sound was normal. If you think googling about your child is going to help, then I am sorry. It’s going to bring you more stress than ever because none of the information is true for your case unless you clarify it with your paediatrician or an expert.
I am not judging anyone here but I personally completely stay away from all those Pinterest DIYs, posts on activity worksheets, learning kits, writing practice etc for very small kids. I have tried being that mom but I eventually ended up pressuring myself and my little one. I uninstalled certain apps and unfollowed certain IG profiles that I felt were instilling mom-guilt in me deeply without me even realising. (I do agree some of them are really beneficial for parents with older kids).
On top of there are posts from parents that talk about their children’s unrealistic milestone achievements. This may cause unnecessary worries. When I understood that my two and half year old is just too young to keep up with a schedule and learn accordingly, I just decided to go with the flow. That made things easier for her and she started picking up things faster.
The parenting groups and related pages on social media are of great support at times but I have seen many parents asking suggestions to fellow parents in the group for serious health issues too. This kind of dependency on social media is just too dangerous and there’s a reason why doctors and other experts exist.
Social media and smart devices have for sure changed the way we bring up our kids. They have been super helpful too in certain times. But the problem is, social media provide so many superfluous and unauthentic information on parenting. Taking a break from them is one of the best ways to keep tension and anxiety at bay. Do leave your answer in the comments for how often you digital- detox and also do share why you do it too.