This is what my modern motherhood experience comes down to for me. I consider myself pretty much saved as a new mother who does not have a strong tradition around her for building a healthy happy family. The internet has been my lifeline for so many vitally important issues in my mothering journey.
When I listen to my mother or my MIL talk about how difficult it was to be at home and how lonely it was and crazy making – I know that I have it much easier.
- I have the internet as a a way to connect with other mothers and offer support and be supported in my choices
- I have a husband who sees his role as being there to help when he can and who very much works to be part of DS’s life.
Both these things have made my life at home as a mother much much easier than being stuck with a baby and no support.
I think that I am aspiring to create a rich home life also helps – this brings meaning to otherwise dreary jobs. I do have friends who stay at home who just pop their child in the car and head off for the mall and eat out and live very differnet lives. That would drive me crazy.
The internet is beyond wonderful and absolutely essential to my life. I probably could manage without it – but it would be very very rough 😦