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Let me start by saying how grateful I am for Facebook. Had I been a mom back in the day before Facebook (or e-mail or texting), it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be as close to many of my long-time and long-distance mommy friends. Furthermore, I’d probably have to wait until Christmas to even see how their children have grown. I love that with Facebook I can see my friends’ children grow up in between my annual visits to see them in person.
Last night, I snapped this shot of my sweet boy sleeping, snuggling his monster truck.
I didn’t think twice before I went straight to my phone, uploaded the picture, and shared it with my friends and then some. It got me thinking, what pictures would be floating around the universe if my mom had document my childhood on Facebook? What embarrassing moments would have been written about my life that I had yet to be able to defend? Does it matter? There is a picture of me crying in the corner (cute as a button, of course) but with my grandmother’s powder all over my face. There is also a picture of me in middle school scowling a preteen attitude right into the camera. If these were available for all to see, would it embarrass me now?
What about things moms write about wishing their kids would just go to sleep already, or that they hope their little snowflake would just get better grades or stop being so whiny? Could some of these statements be hurtful down the road? Will they ever read any of this anyway?
What is okay to share? What is not?