It's a lovely double-edged sword. The latest thing that got under my skin about 3 minutes ago (hence this quickly worded post) was the one about how we are an overprotective society and ruining our children. Lovely memes about how "we survived childhood back in the day, what's wrong with your kid??" - and how living in our culture of technology is dooming their brains and it's all our fault.
All I have to say is...
Good for you. You are alive and a functioning member of society. I'm very happy for you.
I don't have much more than that. Wait... except for this...
Parenting is HARD. Most parents have no training whatsoever for this. It gets harder and harder. I refuse to feel guilty because I protect my children. I refuse to feel guilty for allowing them to be tech savvy. I'm not even going to hedge that with how I only let them use computers and handheld devices for short periods only on even numbered days that land on a Wednesday - because you know what, I don't have to defend myself. I refuse to demonize other parents for their choices. Parenting is hard enough. I refuse to make it harder for anyone else.
We are all in this together. I support you and will keep my parenting tips to myself, unless it's a girl's night out and we are begging each other for parenting advice, since that's basically the topic of every GNO - that, and birth stories. We do love to talk about childbirth in public over dinner, am I right?
So dear human, this is for you: