16 Apr
When Does Mommy Have a Computer Addiction?

It’s Guest Post Friday! Yabadabadoo! Today we welcome Jennifer from Playgroups are No Place for Children as a sister-wife. Except we won’t make her sleep with our husbands. (You’re welcome, Jennifer.) While Jennifer is breathing a huge sigh of relief over her reduced sister-wife duties, let me tell you, she is not only funny, but one of the most awesome people around. We know you will enjoy her savvy advice!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

How do you know when you really do have a problem with spending too much time in front of the computer? If the kids mention it, is it a problem? If the husband hasn’t mentioned yet…then maybe not a problem? If the house hasn’t been cleaned in, oh–3 weeks, but hot meals still being served, semi-problem? If feeling guilty? Then, a problem?


Headed to Rehab


Dear Headed to Rehab,

Let me get this straight.   Your husband hasn’t mentioned that you’re on the computer too often, your house was cleaned sometime within the last month, you’re serving hot meals and you’re wondering if you have a problem with the amount of time you spend on the computer?     Well the short answer is, “no!”   The slightly longer version of the answer is, “Are you kidding me?   NO!”

If you were spending too much time in front of the computer, your kids would be getting nothing but some kibble and a bowl of water for nourishment.   Your house would look like something from an episode of Hoarders and your thighs would be permanently scarred from laptop burns.   And you thought you had a problem.   HA!   Not even.

I think the real problem here is society!   YES, SOCIETY.   It’s society who wants to keep us wimmens in the kitchen and away from the technological devices.   You’re obviously buying into this oppression.     Were you exposed to lots of lemon scented Pine-Sol as a child?   I suspect so.

I suppose there are other things you could be doing with your time, like cleaning your house everyday or sewing or, GAH, volunteering.     Sure, they are noble endeavors, but can you imagine what your funeral will be like someday?   Snoozefest, for sure.   Hanging out on the computer all day exposes you to all sorts of fun and interesting people.

Now go relax with a little Facebook or Twitter.   Enjoy!


Jennifer, Guest TMH

29 Responses to “When Does Mommy Have a Computer Addiction?”


Comment by brigid.

My child just got on the bus in clean clothes with breakfast in her stomach. I say that earns me a good 45 minutes of computer time.

I like the way you think.


Comment by Nicki Woo.

Oh, Thank God! My kids and my husband are complaining, but I haven’t served kibble, yet. So I should be in good shape, right?


Comment by Jennifer S.

Just, whew.



Comment by Heather.

I was exposed to a lot of Pine Sol as a child too. Let’s start a support group.


Comment by Sierra @ ChildWild.

LOVE THIS. I just wrote an article for Strollerderby about how the “concern” over moms multitasking and computer use is really just a front for more social mom-control, keeping women in their place and guilt-tripping them for using their brains: http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2010/04/15/parents-working-at-home-hurts-kids/


Comment by sharon byrne.

Some people spend the day with the TV on- I spend it with the computer on. I figure if you can walk away from it if something else demands your attention (bleeding children/bird flies in the house/telemarketer calls…) then there is no problem at all!


Comment by Erin at Im Gonna Kill Him.

Forget the rest – how do YOU feel without the computer? Do you get high blood pressure, tachycardic, and sweaty palms wondering if you have a new email or Twitter message? Do you forget the diaper bag but never your Blackberry? Do you keep the red blinking light within view even during intimate moments? If no, you’re not to Intervention stage yet. Call us when you start audibly saying LOL and FF and WW to your kids.


Comment by the mama bird diaries.

You just made about a million bloggers feel better.


Comment by Marinka, TMH.

As long as you don’t name your kid “Twitter”, I don’t see a problem. And even “Twitter” can have the adorable “Tweetie” nickname.


Comment by Stacia.

Addiction? Absolutely not. But I’m already doing the 12 steps … read blog, make comment, refresh reader, edit own post, ignore cell phone, publish post …


Comment by Formerly Gracie.

First: Jennifer, I adore you, but I think you already knew that 😛

Second: I am typing this as my kids are in the same room, but learning how to to amuse themselves. It’s a vital life skill. Most important of all, they’re learning that Mommy is a woman of the world (the world wide web, but still…) and has other other interests besides wiping their bummies. So blog away!


Comment by Marie Green.

While I loved this post, and chuckled a little, even, (why YES, I *was* exposed to copious amounts of lemon-scent pinesol… that explains so much now!), I have to say that I sometimes think I DO spend too much time online.

My only marker for judging this is: on days when I’m too busy to spend hours and hours on the computer, I feel SO MUCH BETTER at the end of the day. I’m happier, more content, and more “in love” with my kids and husband.

While I don’t think I have an “addiction problem” I do think that I [sometimes] need to have better boundaries with my time in general, and specifically how much time I spend online…

Thanks for the funny post on a topic we all think about from time to time!


Comment by Heather.

So about those laptop burns…that’s not really a sign of a problem right? I atleast make sure to serve the kids warm food, thank goodness for microwaves. I’m going to order myself a cooling pad though, just in case.


Comment by MommyNamedApril.

i think the yardstick is something like cereal for more than 4 family meals (not including breakfast) = maybe a little too much time on the internet. otherwise? you’re golden. 😉


Comment by portmoresbygirl@aol.com.

So…kibble’s *not* ok?


Comment by Lisa.

What I don’t like about spending time on the internet is how the time itself seems to disappear.

When my daughter naps, if I hop online, it feels like the hour or maybe two goes by in the blink of an eye. I don’t feel like I actually got much of a break – it certainly doesn’t feel that way. I think part of it, is that no matter how much I read, there is always more out there, so I’m left feeling wanting more.

I’ve found it’s actually much more relaxing to watch a dvr’ed episode of something. Definitely feels like much more of a break.


Comment by Alexandra.

Oh, now I’m very scared…does it mean you have a problem if you relate to every single comment made up above?

How about the fact that you know what they all mean?

And then, throw in the rationalization comment that “others watch TV”

I feel like Jake Sully who is now a blue Na’avi.


Comment by mrsblogalot.

YES! YES! YES!!!!!!!

Love=blog validation mixed with blame on society along with a Lemon Pine Sol chaser

I’ll have whatever Jennifer is having…always!!!


Comment by Aging Mommy.

I keep telling myself the carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist and the stiff neck and shoulders I have are nothing to do with the time I spend on the computer – denial is a sad state to be in but don’t let ANYONE dare take my computer away!!

Love this site – just discovered you through The Empress and look forward to reading more!


Comment by gigi.

Relative to my own mother, who spent every afternoon “resting” (aka NAPPING) on the couch while watching Days of Our Lives, Another World and some other now-defunct soap opera while I ran amok in a vacant lot next to a busy road, I feel that my incessant computer time during the day, as well as my waking up in the middle of the night thinking about blog posts, is pretty damn intellectual.

found y’all from the Empress and can’t wait to read more. This is the kind of smart blog I’ve been looking for.


Comment by robin.

A-women…finally a place to call home…I lIke it here..!..the only thing that really bothers me about my addiction is the “butt spread”..I need to find a way to stand and do lunges while typing..now that would be my answer from above..the kids can cook now..the hubs has a hobby..and besides everyone says I ask too many questions..now they beg me for my time…Lol


Comment by Motpg.

I figure I’m ok as long as I don’t start thinking about my blog when my husband wants to “cuddle”. I Haven’t done that…Really…


Comment by Lz.

Good advice! If my kids are dressed, fed and not yelling for me, I think I’ve earned some computer time. My husband thinks differently. He is wrong.


Comment by Cheryl.

No kids. One husband who does worry I spend too much time on the computer. He spends way too much time on it too it’s just he doesn’t think very highly of blogs. Dolt. Don’t cook but that’s not new. I think I’m good for awhile. Pine Sol kept me off the computer for ages. I’m just catching up.


Comment by SeriousMom.

Hey, at least I’m improving my mind by playing word games and reading blogs, right? Although, I could probably lay off the ebay.


Comment by Finding Prose in the Laundry.

I’m thankful for these words because….I’ve been wondering….


Comment by Zoey @ Good Goog.

My husband does mention it regularly. But I ignore him, because I think anyone who spends hours on an xbox doesn’t really get a say. And my 2 year old often closes the laptop but I don’t take that seriously because, well she’s two, she just likes closing stuff. That’s my story anyway and I’m sticking to it.


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