so last night i caught up on some of my parenting magazine subscriptions [parents magazine is my faaavorite, but i mysteriously also receive a few other freebie-type ones too] and i'm still trying to decide if that was a mistake. sure, i compared notes on baby milestones and checked out some cool unneeded product placements, but i also went to bed feeling a little overwhelmed.
modern life is super great. i love the internet [though my blog-stalking consumption has definitely gone down since having a kid], i think it's awesome i don't have to spend all day washing clothes by hand, and indoor plumbing is fantastic. my grandparents are currently writing their autobiographies [i edit a few chapters at a time for them] -- and to think that at one point in their lifetime there was no such thing as four wheel drive or air conditioning or computers is a jarring realization. in fact, b and i just joined the technological world and got droids a few weeks ago. [i barely know how to use it, don't ask.]
BUT. with all this modern-ness comes a lot of other stuff. all the things i'm "supposed" to do as a mom makes my head hurt.
avoid bad plastics!
buy organic and sustainably sourced food!
don't use harmful chemical cleaning supplies!
but make sure you kill all those germs anyway or your baby will get infected and die!
make sure your water is clean!
but don't drink it from plastic bottles!
use cloth diapers that require tons of water to clean OR use disposable diapers and add to the landfills!
find a good school so your kid can get ahead / get the educational support he needs!
don't microwave tupperware! actually don't microwave at all!
immunize your kids! actually, wait, DON'T immunize them!
turn them into little geniuses by letting them play educational games on your ipad, but not for too long or they'll become couch potatoes!
don't buy from china!
don't buy recalled products!
put him in a car seat till he's 10!
avoid artificial dyes!
no sugar cereals!
ughh. you get the idea. there's just SO much to think about, raising a kid in 2011. not to mention the nonstop natural disasters that keep happening all over the world which constantly unnerve me. add to all this the personal morals that b and i have decided to uphold and teach in our family, most of which are toootally unheard of in typical liberal american society, and let's just say i have my work cut out for me. i'm just really grateful that i have at least ONE anchor in my life, which in my case comes through my religious beliefs, that help me keep my head on straight and know what i need to focus on. now if you'll excuse me, i need to go compost my trash and install solar panels on my roof. [kidding, kidding.] [and if you do those things, more power to you.]