Best Mom Tip #53: Read the internet news

This isn’t rocket science, but it saves my sanity often. I can’t really watch the news on TV because Little Princess asks things like, “What happened to that little girl?” Ummmm…she was killed by her heartless mother? Or “Do people get hurt in wars?” Yes, but I’m sure your uncle is fine today.

And I have to turn the channel quickly before I get asked what child molestation or rape mean. I just want to know if there were any major world events I should know about–I’m not quite ready to explain sex and the ways in which it is perverted in our world to my four year old.

So, I check CNN, MSN, and wsbtv (our local news station) every day. That way I know what’s going on and I don’t have to try to explain how that woman had 8 babies in her tummy and why people are mad at her. Or what a Ponzi scheme is–which is good because I’m tired of hearing about that one. Why is it a bigger deal when rich people lose their money to a scam artist?

And in these days when I don’t work outside our home, it gives me something to talk about with my husband other than our children’s bodily functions, when the bug guy is coming, and whether or not we have any clean underwear. That alone is worth the price of our internet access.

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