There’s an article in the Daily Mail today which is all about mothers using the internet, called Not Now Darling, Mummy’s Tweeting.
The Daily Mail is not my newspaper of choice, I would point out at this point. But never mind. I happen to be friends with Liz Fraser, writer of the piece. We, er, met via Twitter. In the article, she muses on whether we’re spending so much time online that our children see more of the backs of our heads (or the fronts of our laptops) than they do our faces.
Guilty as charged. I spend far too much time online. Time I could use for writing, but instead I’m on twitter or on the blog’s facebook page or catching up with the important job of reading about writing. Just last night I was so busy reading Lottie Loves and new favourite Small and Chic in C-ville that I let the ten year old make toast and chocolate spread for everyone and they had it for dinner whilst watching television and playing on the iPad/iPhone/Nintendo DS/PSP. Yes, they’re all pretty nerdy too. They are also fab at music, art, science, all have advanced reading ages and yes, my just-4 year old can read (there’s a Tiger Mother in me somewhere, but I keep her caged most of the time). Not bad for children being brought up by a mother who spends most of her time with half an eye on the laptop.
I think there is a balance to be found, and I’m still not sure I’ve found it. I know I’m guilty of ‘not now darling’, but at the same time I know that the internet, twitter, Facebook and blogging can be a sanity saver, especially in the lonely early days with little ones. What do you think? Is the Daily Mail right? (now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d write!)