Thank goodness for Google and its ability to “speak” so many languages. In the past week alone, Parent Talk Today has had visitors from Italy, Egypt, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, France, Thailand and Vietnam.
Many simply used their native language in a Google search, and they ended up here. Pretty amazing. (And with today’s website-translation services, they can actually read the blog when they get here. A definite plus.)
While I don’t have any detailed information on individual visitors (nor would I want to invade their privacy that way), I do see the Google searches that brought them to this blog, and I’ve come to a happy conclusion: We parents are pretty much alike around the globe. We all worry about what to feed our kids, how to get them to sleep and what’s normal (and not) with their development. We wonder how to talk with them about sex, and bullying and drugs.
We all love our kids to pieces — and we all have days when we wish we could just take a break from parenting. We feel guilty for not being perfect and we thrill to first smiles and first steps. We feel like part of a community — and yet we have days when we feel very much alone with a particular parenting challenge.
So it’s good to know we can meet at blogs like this one on the Web, the electronic back fence that’s available to us all, even in the middle of the night when we’re sitting up with a colicky baby or waiting up for a teenager’s car to pull into the driveway.
It’s good to know that parents around the world are alike in so many ways — and that we really are all in this together.