To my fellow Generation-Yers, you live in a fast-paced world, filled with social issues and health concerns. Depending on where you live on this planet you could face dozens of concerns not only for yourself, but perhaps for your future children.
Things haven’t exactly been thriving economically or spiritually for some time. It’s not surprising that many of you are not racing towards parenthood. We’ve got enough to worry about! But maybe that is a sign…
Maybe it’s a sign that having children may not be automatic choice that it once was. Many of us know that most households won’t survive without two incomes. This immediately brings into question whether becoming a parent is a prudent choice. After all, children spell love “T.I.M.E.” so two full-time working parents might run into trouble.
Even if we consider the time and costs of raising children, we also have to be concerned about bringing them into a world riddled with bullying, discrimination, selfishness, internet porn, and most sadly, a lack of a solid public education.
Have a digital baby instead.
A lot of people like myself are opting to put their time, money and love into a digital baby instead of a human one.
A digital baby is simply an online project of some sort. It can be for-profit or not. It can be a dream or just a hobby. But many of the principles are the same. You need to care and nurture this baby. You need to do research, ask for help and learn as you go. There will be joy and sleepless nights. It will also require resources and time if you want to see growth.
Your digital baby could be a blog, a YouTube channel, an eBook, a digital product, a short film, a social media channel, all things are possible.
This can all be done solo, but working with your partner can also be a rewarding experience. It can be very helpful to develop new skills in your relationships. It’s a great way to spend time together in a new way. Just like a baby, there will be communication strains and you will need to work to see through your differences in opinion on how to raise your digital baby.
Your parents never had this opportunity. The internet – just sitting in front of you waiting for you to join the ranks of digital parenthood. Thousands have already begun trying their hand at digital parenthood. Some at the early ages of 13-14, some just starting now well into their 50’s and 60’s.
You are in your prime.
But you are in your prime digital parenting years. You have the immense energy needed to raise something from nothing.
I've love and cherished all of my digital children. I've enjoyed watching them grow and develop in ways I never expected.
It’s up to you how many you might have. Maybe one will be enough, maybe not. Maybe this will be the learning process you need before you enter the world of human parenthood, maybe this will be fulfilling enough. I think it’s we should be saying – why not?
You don’t have to make the same decisions your parents made, you don’t have to follow their path. You have a new set of choices before you and a new set of challenges to face during your lifetime. I just want you to see your full gamut of options before you dive in.
Does this get your juices flowing? Think you might be interested in having a digital baby?
If you want some guidance just reach out and get in touch with me. I’m not a doctor, but I play one in the digital world. I’m here to help.