Moms and New Media
My name is Karen. I have been happily married for 28 years and the mother of two young adults. My first-born, finished his Online Masters in Screenwriting and is teaching at a local university, and my baby is taking classes online as a senior in Music Production. Both kids used New Media to finish their degrees internationally.
During 2012, my husband had to leave the US on business and I was left twiddling my thumbs. My solution to my boredom was to go back to school and I did it by taking online classes. This was New Media for me, because when I started going to school I had never heard of computers.
I got my Bachelor of Communication, at the age of 50. Yay for me! I am still taking courses online in hospitality management, and I am a stay at home mom for the time being, doing what I love best: handmade accessories and gifts for babies, toddlers and their moms. I am slowly setting up a small business online and on Facebook using social media to promote my product.
Which brings us to this: why a guide for parenting, and why now?
Well, my kids have been badgering me to write one for years, and I feel like maybe 2015 is the year to do it. Friends and family members call me “the mother hen”. My kids’ friends come to me for advise about their lives. The parents I know ask for help with their kids. When I was a new bride and a new mom I had a day care center. Taking care of those kids was a joy and an adventure as well as a wonderful way to learn the art and science of parenting.
The work I am currently doing, making handmade items and gifts for babies and their moms, keeps me online researching for ideas, and inspirations. I am on many Facebook pages that deal with motherhood, and parenting.
What I have seen on these pages, however, has me extremely worried.
New moms are bombarded with information because of New Media. For example Breast-feeding moms are freaking out when their milk is not enough anymore; they go on these websites and get so many different opinions. Only their plans to get solutions backfire because they end up panicking even more. This is why I am using New Media to reach out and speak to you.
In my day, new moms only had books and people: friends, family, pediatricians. I used a book entitled “What Every Baby Knows” by Dr. Brazelton – this book became my bible. My pediatrician was an amazing easy-going doctor who joined, the new way of thinking with the old. She was a Godsend. I only used books and people.
I will end my intro by saying “mom’s take a breath“. Its not rocket science – its close, but not really.
I know you’ll probably say ” oh man, another online opinion”, but my answer is simple:
Try me – you won’t regret it – none of my friends have.
From One Mother to Another,