I've never been a parent during any other point in history (as far as I know), so I don't have direct experience living through the trends of other eras. I hear that it used to be far tougher for moms to do laundry, procure butter and other tasty dairy products, and openly admit the common struggles of motherhood. Nowadays, we don't see this as much. Perhaps it's thanks to the Internet, or to Pinterest backlash (please, who has time to use that much gold spray paint? Whoever you are, call me, because I could use your help), or to the fact that texting allows us to secretly message our mom friends without our kiddo knowing what we're saying ("OMG SO MANY DIAPERS"). Either way, we now live in a time and space where complaining about parenthood seems to be the norm. On a personal note, while I could do with fewer rash and diaper blowout pictures on my newsfeed, I am glad to know that there are ways for me to connect and share my experiences with other parents.
All that said, sometimes my feelings are much more complicated than I'm letting on. Parenthood isn't as simple as, "I like this part, and this part sucks." And, is the Internet really the place to get super-specific on the ups and downs of tiny details like dried milk in sippy cup straws, and diaper bins that don't block the smell no matter how often you change the liner? Wait, don't answer that. Now is not the time. We have a whole list of things to cover about parenting that seem bad, but actually aren't (at least, not always).