Guest Post - Parenting in the Digital Age

~ Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM ~

At any given time in recent history, it's been hard to imagine what it was like to grow up in the previous generation. With the world changing so fast, the childhoods of one generation and the next can seem completely disparate. But each successive generation has new tools and resources to draw upon, so how can parents today make use of the contemporary world to take better care of their kids?

Parenting blogs
There's no better way to increase your parenting savvy than by drawing on the experience of other parents. Parents have always been able to learn from friends and family, but the Internet has made it possible to learn from people all over the world. There's an incredible wealth of experience out there, and if you can tap into some of it you might find yourself better versed in areas like parenting strategy, schooling, and children's books, clothes, food and activities. Anything you may go through as a parent has been dealt with before, and being prepared can help you handle any eventuality with relative ease.

Product deals sites and review blogs
One of the biggest challenges of parenting is providing for your kids in a cost-effective way. When you're under stress and time is short, it can be enticing to select the first reputable product or service you see. But perusing parenting blogs can help you determine reputability and quality as well as find the best prices, so it really pays to make visiting them a habit. And even if you're only thinking about having kids, parenting blogs can be great for helping you make informed decisions.

Exposing kids to a wide variety of experiences

Computers and the Internet are tremendous resources, and there's a place for them in our kids' schedules too. There's a great deal kids can learn from accessing this vast repository of information. Now more than ever, it's easy for our kids to gain exposure to different languages and forms of interaction, and a world full of possibilities. As parents, we owe it to our kids to think about how technology can help make their lives richer.

** Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips on the short term loan website, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

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