Like most people, whenever I have a problem, I turn to the All Powerful Google. Have an acne flare up? I Google the best supplement to prevent it from happening again. Awake late at night wondering why my kid is acting up? You bet I’m searching that, too. Dreaming of escaping the summer heat? Google is my #1 travel agent.
Google is a lifesaver, but it can also be problematic. A quick answer right at your fingertips is unbelievably empowering, but it has a darkside. It has trained us to want and need the one definitive answer to any problem we might have. But the hard truth is, there’s no one-size fits all solution. Let’s just face it: life is more complicated than that.
I’ve run into this problem when trying to find the answer to so many different problems in my life. Recently, I found myself Googling “Why is this baby crying?” (yes, I was that desperate!). The answers were as frustrating as you might imagine. The problem, Google told me, was me. I was eating too much dairy (I don’t eat dairy), I needed to lighten up on the caffeine (which, of course, was the only thing getting me through the sleep-deprived days). There was just no answer that made sense for what was happening in my family and with my baby that didn’t rely on the tired trope of blaming the mom.