Am I Ruining My Kid?

Parenting With Social Media

The good, the bad and the funny sides of our online lives

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Elsie is our third child. She just turned 1, and I can't count how many times my husband and I have looked at each other over the past year and laughed because we have no idea what we're doing. Or so it seems to us. Elsie isn't even a tiny bit like either of her brothers. And we also hadn't done the baby gig for fours years before her arrival. It's amazing to me that we had forgotten how things go, but we had.

So it's possible my husband has been known to say, "I don't know, ask Twitter," and I've maybe said, "I'm going to ask Facebook."

My dad, Grandpa Bapa Mike, rolls his eyes when he hears us say these things, and then we all laugh. We're talking about Twitter and Facebook like they're people. But the thing is, many of the actual people behind Mr. Twitter and Mrs. Facebook are truly our friends, and they're happy to give us our forgotten information.

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Many of them are mothers and fathers with babies of all different ages, or they have better memories than ours. Almost every time, we've gotten our questions answered within moments, my iPhone chirping away with responses.

Times: They have changed. Bapa Mike can remember not even having a phone, and one day our kids will gasp and wonder how he survived. We live in a day when answers and help come easy, and as parents, we can find pretty much any and all information we need at our fingertips.

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