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Mom life has changed a bit over the last four decades. While technology has complicated things in some ways, leading to challenges like social media, obsessive screen time, cyberbullying, and identity theft, it has made our job as moms a little easier in many ways too. Here’s how.
How Did Anyone “Mom” Before Prime?
If there is one thing that has made the biggest impact on mom life, it is arguably Amazon Prime. Whether you’re buying supplies for your business, household basics, diapers, toys, or must haves for your upcoming vacation, that free two-day shipping is a game-changer.
Sure, you could get most of the same things at Target, but a trip to any brick-and-mortar store requires just that, a trip. And with kids that means more than just gas money and traffic. It’s also packing all the snacks, wrestling little people into car seats, fighting over what music to listen to, and then failing to rush past the dollar spot or toy aisle without hearing a tantrum over a random toy.
That little bit of planning can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money, leaving you more time to do fun stuff with your kids and making it an all around win for everyone.
Play It Safe
Back in the 1980s, things like security systems were a real luxury. They had to be hard-wired into your home, requiring professional installation and a hefty investment. Security camera systems have evolved a lot over the years, and it is now more affordable than ever to safeguard your home (and home office) with the latest 4K or wireless video technology.
With the right tech gear in place, you can also control most systems from smartphone apps. This type of technology is especially useful for moms of tweens and teens. Whether you want to check in while your child is home alone for the first time or you’re worried about your teen sneaking out at night, moms today have it much easier than moms in the 80s thanks to digital technology advancements.
Our collective level of consciousness when it comes to food has changed in a way that moms of the 80s can hardly believe. Back then, a box of Hamburger Helper and a can of green beans seemed like a nice square meal. Today, moms feel pressured to feed their families the highest-quality food.
By choosing organic, local, sustainably produced food, many feel like they’re making the healthiest choice for their families. Dietary issues take our food prep pressure even further. With food allergies and sensitivities on the rise, many moms also have to cater to those specific needs. From gluten-free and dairy-free diets to keto, paleo, and vegan diets, there are many different opinions and health issues that guide our carefully considered food choices.
While the increased consciousness in what we eat has certainly raised the bar for “Chef Mom,” the logistics of meal planning and meal prep have actually never been easier. Gone are the days of needing a bookshelf in the kitchen for all of your cookbooks; the internet has put a seemingly infinite number of recipes right at our fingertips.
Technology has created many huge advancements in this area, with meal planning apps, food delivery services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, grocery delivery services like Instacart, and food delivery like Uber Eats and Door Dash. While none of this makes it any easier to get your picky toddler to eat his vegetables, it really has never been so easy to get dinner on the table.
Technology for the Win
While being a mom is still one of the toughest jobs there is, it has gotten a little easier over the years, thanks to the internet and all of the technological advancements that have come with it. Today’s moms have a lot of respect for the 80s moms that raised them without many of the creature comforts that we get to enjoy today.