Iâ€™ve passed quite a few parenting milestones, from the first lost tooth to the first day of first grade, and yesterday was yet another Major Mom Moment.
I was not expecting it to affect me, but while creating an e-mail account for my 7-year-old son, I almost teared up. Either I was having a particularly hormonal day or there was something more to this task.
Part of my emotional reaction came from the fact that I know I'm losing control of his life, more and more every day. Itâ€™s not like a Gmail account is the gateway to Internet porn, but at the same time, heâ€™s on his way to accessing the daunting, cluttered, uncensored cyber world. As the person who sometimes still pre-watches his movie to make sure it's age appropriate, this is difficult for me to accept.
Also, my oldest son was adopted from Guatemala, and he wants e-mail to communicate with his biological brother who is just a year older and lives with his adoptive family in Virginia. I agree that e-mail is a great way for the two brothers -- who have not seen each other since they were babies -- to get to know each other.
I am thrilled about this connection, but know that my son has a lot to understand about his past, and communicating with his older brother might only speed up the process. There are going to be so many questions soon, and I won't have very many answers.
But Iâ€™m not going to think about that right now. Instead, I'm going to send my son his first e-mail with lots of easy-to-read words in it like "I," "love" and "you."
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