Digital Mums – Why Mums Need To Move To A Digital Lifestyle
Over the years, there have been so many changes to the way that the world works with a definite move towards a more digital way of living. Many mums around the world are having to keep up to date with the technological changes that have been taking place just to keep in touch with what is going on with their children.
If you are anything like me, a model created in the 1960’s, many of our children are reaching their early adolescence, their teen years and becoming young adults in their own right. Coming from these bygone eras’ (as my children often remind me) this digital stuff can be quite daunting at the best of times. I have come across many women who simply don’t want to try to learn how to use digital stuff or give up soon after as they think being digitally able is all too confusing.
They make the biggest mistake of all.
They think that they can get by without the Digital World.
I have to admit that I was one of those mums in those early days. I just couldn’t get to grips with all this new age technology. I was an old fashioned gal who liked nothing more than to curl up in bed with my paperback in my hand, go to a shop to buy an item I wanted and a travel agent to book my trip abroad. So it was a whole new world ahead trying to get to grips with my children using technology that I could not understand easily.
My first early encounters with the digital lifestyle was when my daughters wanted to get their own Facebook accounts. At the time, with my limited digital knowledge, there was no way I was able to keep ahead of what they were doing on their Facebook profiles. At the time I struggled with the basics such as setting up my own Facebook account (I’m serious!!). I worried constantly about safety online and that they would be inviting strangers onto their profiles. Hell, what do you expect, the media was full of scaremongering stories!!
So it has been a journey of learning over the past years and moving on in the way that I approached my parenting in the digital era. I have had to learn how to log into Facebook, set up a profile and post so that I don’t post messages to the whole world when it was meant to be a private message. Easily done!!
I now have a Facebook app on my phone and check for updates and feel in touch with what my children are doing. In fact, it is a great way to find out what people around you are up to as long as you don’t let it take over your life. In fact, I have to say that Facebook keeps me up to date with what my children are doing and saying. If anyone had told me that I would be using this digital technology with ease when it first came out, I would never have believed them.
You see, I thought it was too hard.
I thought that I was beyond learning all this new-fangled digital stuff.
And I really didn’t think the digital world was going to take over family life in the way that it has.
But we have to accept that it has.
Unless you decide to put aside your ideas from by gone eras and embrace that there is a new way of living and working you are going to find that your children will leave you and your old fashioned ideas way behind.
If you have ever said ‘I don’t understand any of that digital stuff – I’ll leave it for the younger ones – then I hope that through ‘Digital Mums’, I will help you to come to grips with digital technology and apply these to your daily life and that it helps you in raising your family and maybe even earning a few dollars.
Lets spread the word about the digital world
The Digital Mum