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The Online Mom Blog 10/01/08

Where is the instruction manual for this child??
October 1, 2008

From birth, parents and caregivers are asked to take care of a child with only basic guidance from pediatricians and hand-me-down suggestions from relatives.  If you are a first time parent you might not have had the time to read through the many parenting books that are out there to help you prepare for all the issues that come up on a daily basis.

Most of the advice we follow comes from other experienced parents that have gone through the same experience. That usually provides excellent recommendations on the essentials such as how to insure your baby sleeps through the night. But when it comes to technology, experience isn’t always that useful. The speed at which tech products come to market is dizzying and it leaves many parents bewildered. As a parent you have to:

  • decide when and which technologies you want your children to adopt;
  • make significant tech choices between competing camps (MAC vs. PC, iPod vs. Zune, Wii vs. Xbox to name just a few);
  • handle the pressure from your children to keep up with their classmates and friends;
  • AND, of course, teach them safe, responsible behavior.

Notice I haven’t even mentioned that you may also want to use the internet for your own learning and entertainment, as well as discover all the great tools that exist to help you support your child academically.

So that’s why we’re here. We will help you decide what is the right digital culture for you and your home and, most importantly, encourage you to get in the game – to jump in with both feet and learn to use technology as a way to enjoy parenting even more.

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And let me know what’s on your mind.  That’s why we’re here :)

MONICA

The (Original) Online Mom



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