21st Century Parent

Here I am, starting a new blog on my smartphone while waiting in a pick up line to pick up my child from school.  I am currently listening to a book called, Breaking Busy.  I just started an online parenting course.  I recently picked up my first order of groceries from Walmart that I had ordered online.  My husband and I often burn the candle at both ends, as at night we often sit next to each other on the couch, watching reruns of Friends on Netflix, folding laundry, paying bills, emailing teachers and preparing for scouts (we are both leaders).  All the while, hoping that if we watch just a half hour show that we will actually go to bed in a half hour.  It rarely happens!  We usually watch two or three episodes before we wearily drag ourselves to bed at 11:30 or midnight, only to wake up and start over again at 6am.  That’s if we are lucky and one of the kids doesn’t wake us up in the middle of the night!  Just last night I woke up at 4:30 and realized that I was no longer in my bed.  I was sleeping next to my youngest.

Yes, this is my life.  It’s a constant blur of running from one activity to the next, keeping up with family and friends over Facebook and trying to hold onto traditions and family time so that they are not swept away in this crazy world.  My children are growing up completely different from how I grew up.  Is it better?  Is it worse?  It is complicated, different and, like so many generations before us, the answers are not clear cut.   This is parenting in the 21st century!

So why am I writing this?  Maybe, I am hoping to find some comradery; to find that other parents out there are just as crazy busy.  Maybe, we can find solutions to our 21st century problems or share a few laughs about parenting in the 2000’s.  I hope you enjoy the blog!  It is my first and will likely be an adventure for me.  So, here goes nothing!  Here’s to parenting in the 21st century!