Why Millennial Moms Deserve a Pat on the Back
It’s 2 am. I’m lying on the floor of my son’s room for the third night in a row. I’m pretty sure I’m doing a terrible job as a mother since I’m not letting him “cry it out” like all the sleep books instructed. To make myself feel better, I pick up my phone and post an angelic picture of my son on Facebook. With each notification of activity on my post, I am lulled into a state of contentment. Perhaps I am a great mom after all…
For those millennial moms, who like myself, didn’t have a template for these conversations and decision trees, there’s AT&T's Digital You®. This website provides tips on, what I will call, “digital baby-proofing” and helps you to learn about ways you might be unknowingly oversharing information about your child. For example, this resource called "Young Children and Digital Footprints."
For those with older children, Digital You® has numerous guides for conversations on the Parents and Caregivers page that you can have first with your partner to ensure you are aligned, then with your kids. The curriculum, created with many experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, empowers kids to make better choices by instilling empathy and providing a better sense of long term consequences of online behaviors.
While I know my son has a while to go before I can coach him on curating his digital presence, I can model being more deliberate and thoughtful about what I put out on the Internet about myself and the family. And more importantly, I can work to develop a more intrinsic sense that I’m doing a good job as mom and not need those Facebook accolades. So, I’d like to give millennial moms a big pat on the back for navigating this new digital landscape and wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day!