If I have a question about parenting I Google it. Before I talk to anyone else about it I turn to the Google Gods.
If my toddler says NO to everything, I Google it.
If my toddler will only eat cheese for 3 days, I Google it.
If my toddler keeps bashing me over the head with a Fire Engine and hysterically laughing, I Google it.
Google is my go to source for parenting advice and I’m not sure if that’s really ok.
I think it all started when I was pregnant, I’d Google about my bump for each week milestone.
I had a pregnancy book with all the diagrams and helpful advice but there wasn’t really anything gritty in there. Yeah it told me that my baby was the size of a lime or a butternut squash and how to pack a hospital bag but what I really wanted to know was did they have dreams yet or why do they always kick me in the ribs at 2am?
I Googled a thousand gender quizzes and asked ‘Is my baby a boy or a girl?’ but the truth was even the Google God couldn’t tell me that.
When he was a new-born I spent umpteen hours obsessively googling about his behaviour, I was always trying to find out ‘why’ or if something was ‘normal’.
I think this was because I had nothing to compare it to. I didn’t know what was the norm.
I was worried to ask these questions out loud, in case I looked stupid or like I didn’t know what I was doing (I didn’t and I still don’t btw).
Whereas Google instantly provides me with hundreds of answers, hundreds of possibilities without me making an idiot out of myself. If I don’t agree or like the first article or post, well there’s another and then another. I can go round and round in circles and end up more confused than when I started.
But what I’ve started to realise is that there is no better advice then that from another parent, someone who has experienced that exact phase you are going through right now. They can tell you straight up that no, in fact your child is not the Anti-Christ, they’re just being a total arse-hole and its normal and they will grow out of it in a few weeks.
What I now know is that we are all dealing with the exact same shit everyday and if you just put it out there, say it out loud and ask the silly question, people will help you out and give you real advice.
So I’ve decided to turn my back on Google and reach out on Twitter (and my blog) for parenting advice. If you see me posting weird questions about my kid this is why. Please try help me out with some kind advice or even just a ‘good luck with that’ (thumbs up emoji)!
PS. Do not Google about the colour of your baby’s poo. Do not ever do it. Ever.