Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Parent to Parent: Internet
Today's parents are going hi-tech for help with their kids. Cyber smart moms and dads know they can get answers to just about any question with a click. They're sharing the best web sites in today's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Dagyana Romero loves a little old fashioned book time with baby daughter Laylani, but when it comes to questions about parenting, this thoroughly modern mom heads straight to the computer.
Dagaya Romero: "I look it up on the Internet now. It's quicker, it's fun, it's my way of getting all my answers."
If Rebecca McCarron has a question concerning her 2-year-old son Jack, forget the parenting books. She goes on-line to Mamasource, Mamapedia or Just Ask Boo.
Rebecca McCarron: "I've done it, from everything from when should I start my son Jack in school? And to when should I switch him out of a crib to a toddler bed? And you get responses in real time."
That means it just takes a few minutes for real life parents to answer your questions. Dr. Val says these new websites are an information goldmine, especially for new parents.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "I think it's a great way for parents to connect, and it also eases the nerves of new parents."
All you have to do is go on-line and ask.
Dagaya Romero: "I'm looking for answers on how to let go of the pace."
No problem, the wisdom of mothers from coast to coast is right here.
Dagaya Romero: "How to wean from a pacifier? There you go."
You can also get advice from other parents who have dealt with everything from potty training to teen curfews.
Rebecca McCarron: "I love the real answers from moms who are in the battlefield all day long like I am and just to say this worked for me, and you can't get that from a book."
Parents also like the anonymity, especially if you have an embarrassing problem.
Dr. Valerie Goode: "Years ago, parents didn't discuss a lot of these things between each other. Maybe it was Taboo. Nowadays, you put it out there on the Internet, and you receive all these responses."
Changing technology will never replace one-on-one time with your child, but when it comes to information and advice, these moms want to stay on the cutting edge.
Dagaya Romero: "It's amazing what's out there. I'm looking forward to seeing technology move on the next level."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Valerie Goode:
Just Ask Boo: