I follow some amazing business women on facebook and instagram who are incredibly open and generous in sharing pictures and stories of their children. I love to see them and admire their mamas openness in being so willing to family be so public.
I have thought long and hard about how I personally feel about my children being shared in the same way, and (as the business mamas I spoke of earlier have had to do) came to my own conclusion as to what worked best for our family. I did a whole lot of soul searching and really examined my beliefs about what I wanted for our children, and here’s what I came up with. They are too young to understand the magnitude of having their pictures and their identities on public social media. They don’t understand the repercussions of the possible long-term effects of having their faces and names known – and to be honest, we don’t really understand it either. We are living in the brave new world of social media and it’s a fantastic tool on both a personal and business level, but I can’t make the choice to join that world publicly for my children. I’m happy to share little stories every now and then about their lives, but their names and their faces don’t belong to me and I won’t be posting them.
I want to make it clear that I am in no way judging those whose children join them on their social media journeys – just as so much of parentinng is about making the choice which best suits your family, this decision is about what suits us best. I feel like a bit of a hypocrite for enjoying watching these instagram babies grow when I’m clutching mine so tightly to my chest, but I think it’s just one of those ‘I’ll do me, you do you’ things.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject – am I being overprotective? Do you have beliefs about children in a public forum?