It's no question that watching the news, especially this year, is difficult. There seems to be nothing but racism and sexism and death and terrorism and bigotry and hate and violence, perpetually discussed on a never-ending news cycle that can evoke an immense amount of fear. I also think, especially this year, that it's important to continue watching the news and to remain informed. However, finding a way to do so without feeling overwhelmed is difficult. Surprisingly, I've found so many reasons why having a kid makes it easier to watch the news; reasons that I didn't think would exist, as my son is easily the main reason why the news is so terrifying.
I want this world to be better for my son, and my son better for this world. I want him to walk into a society that is diverse and tolerant and accepting and safe, and I'd venture to guess most parents want the exact same for their children. When we see the world evolving into something else, something terrifying, we can't help but hold our kid tight and strain through a labored breath and think of the absolute worst case scenario that may or may not come to fruition. We can't help but, you know, panic. These inevitable feelings seem inescapable, especially when you watch the news. It can make tuning into your local television station or a national news network not only exhausting, but an exercise in what can only be described as masochism. I don't blame anyone for choosing not to watch the news, because self-care is important and the news can be devastating and it's affects can be, well, devastating too.
I've learned, though, that my son helps me continue to watch the news in a way that is both beneficial and healthy. I don't fall into a sea of despair and fear, at least not as often as I did before I became a mother. Here are just a few ways having a kid can help you watch the news, and actually make the overall experience somewhat easier.