In my opinion, people are posting way too much inappropriate information about their kids online. It’s fun to have a blog or Facebook and tell stories and anecdotes, and share photos and cute videos. But when does that video that you thought was cute cross the line? Take your mommy goggles off and put yourself in your child’s position.
How would you feel if someone posted a negative and embarrassing video, photo, or story about you? I know how I would feel — sad, shocked, and helpless. What if that person was a relative? I would be even more upset. What if it was your PARENT? I would feel all of those things including betrayed that a parent could think that embarrassing me publicly is even acceptable. I am thankful I grew up with caring parents who never diminished my feelings growing up.
Today I came across the post of a Facebook friend who posted a video of her son having a terrible temper tantrum. I was shocked when I saw the title of the video, and after watching about a minute of the little boy screaming and crying hysterically (while the mom laughed behind the video camera) I had to turn it off. It was too upsetting. I couldn’t help myself from leaving a comment disagreeing with the other commenters who apparently thought the whole thing was hilarious!
It made me sad to see people laughing about the little boy feeling upset and frustrated. Emotions are a huge part of who we are and making fun of someone’s feelings is NEVER acceptable, especially if it’s a child.
Next time you want to post an embarrassing story or picture about your child, think about how you would feel if you were in your child’s place.
It’s not funny. It’s not okay. It’s not acceptable. It is NOT tolerable. It is lowlife, trashy, and disgusting behavior, and a violation of your child’s privacy and emotions. Sorry if you disagree, but I would never post anything about my son that would make him question his trust in his mother.
This blog is a negativity-free zone. Sure, our kids all make us crazy at times. It’s normal and part of being a parent. Being a parent also means respecting and protecting your child’s feelings and NOT airing your dirty laundry with the Internet.