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I talk a lot about the challenges of being a millennial mom. Muddling through motherhood in the internet age isn’t always for the faint of heart. I sport more than one scar on my psyche earned in the “mommy wars,” that’s for sure.
But, it’s not all heartache. Technology truly is a gift.
Here are a few things I LOVE about being a millennial mom.
Amazon Prime has a sweet spot in my heart. I use it regularly for everything from headphones to water bottles to batteries to printer cartridges. Need something and don’t want to brave Walmart? There’s always Amazon – as long as you are willing to wait two days.
However, the REAL game changer (for me at least) has been online grocery shopping. I barely remember life before I could order my groceries for the week from my couch in my bra-less, pajama-bottomed state before I have even finished my morning coffee. I love how my shopping list is right here (as opposed to left at home on the counter). I love how I don’t make impulse buys because I’m shopping with crazy children, or I’m hungry, or both. I love how I can get up and check my cupboard if I can’t remember if I have something in stock or not. This keeps me from ending up with 10 cans of black beans that will take me 10 years to use up. I love how I can just check, check, check down my list; submit; and then pick up on the way home from school without having to take my kids out of the car.
Camera phones and video
I love how I can take pictures of my kids – a hundred pictures a day, if I wanted to! And videos. I love how that capability is never further than my back pocket, whether we are cuddling on the couch or out at the park.
FaceTime and video chat
I’ve been a little slow to get on the Facetime bandwagon, but when my parents finally got iPhones, we began to use Facetime more regularly. I love how my kids can talk to their grandparents on a rare occasion through Facetime (or Facebook live) so that the grandparents can see how they are growing, talking, and changing.
There’s an app for that
I love how there is an app for everything. Weather? Check. Tracking your cycle? Check. Counting calories? Check. Reading or listening to stories? Check. Sending a message to your kids’ doctor? Check. Refilling prescriptions? Check. Depositing a check? um…Check!
Seriously…I know that we millennial moms get a bad rep for always being on our phones. But, I promise you, we aren’t ALWAYS checking Facebook and taking selfies.
Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube
You know what I love? Paying $10 a month and never having to go to the library for scratched DVDs that most likely won’t play when we get home. I love that quality, educational, and FUN programming for both myself and my boys is just a click away. I love that it’s always there to give me a 20 minute breathing break. I love that when my son is asking questions about how something is made or is scared of a social situation, I can probably find a YouTube video that explains it to him.
I met my best friend through my blog. I have connected with so many people through the internet – blogs, Facebook, groups, message boards. I know that life is still lonely and there are always challenges that come with maintaining relationships over a computer screen. But there’s also doors swinging wide open that provide camaraderie and support, no matter what situation I find myself in.
A merry heart really does good like a medicine. There is just nothing like finding that perfect meme that describes, pokes fun at, explains, or exaggerates the challenges we mommies face.
What would you add to this list?
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