Sharing Our Kids’ Lives Online

by Melanie Edwards on June 1, 2012 · 4 comments

in Parenting

Child Playing in Box

With this generation of parents raising children in a digital age, it’s no surprise that we’re sharing special parenting moments online. When our children do the cutest thing ever, we have this desire to share with the world – at least our Facebook world. Or maybe it’s Twitter. If you’re a blogger, and one that writes about parenting, then you’re especially prone to share these memories on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and every other social media platform you belong to. We must share.

I’m guilty of it. Just this week, I shared some tidbits from baby boy and baby girl’s lives that I thought were cute, humorous, or just special.

Parenting Moment Shared Online

I don’t believe it’s a bad thing, honestly. I think we’ve just taken the traditional “water cooler” conversations into a new space. Sharing parenting moments is not a new thing. Our parents did it. Our grandparents did it. They just did it in other ways – talking to each other across the fence, sharing their kids’ milestones over lunch at work, or perhaps chatting when picking up the kids from school. It’s the same thing, except we’re now sharing with our online circle of parents.

The thing to be careful about, I suppose, is that we share in a respectful and cautious manner. Since we’re sharing online, the memories will last much longer than if we were just talking to our next door neighbor. These parenting moments we’re sharing will last pretty much forever once published online. This means our children will be able to find them one day. Depending on what you’re sharing, this can either be a great thing or not so good.

Personally, I try to share what I believe other parents will relate to, find humorous, or moments I find I need help with as a mother. I don’t share everything and mostly share those moments that make me laugh, but that are not embarrassing for my kids. In general, I believe I’m sharing the special memories and milestones, but not the bad stuff. At least, I try my best to be conscious of differentiating between the two. However, that’s not to say that if you do share the bad stuff, it’s a bad thing. I’m just saying I prefer not to.

Sharing our parenting moments, special memories of our children, and the humorous times in parenting, is all in our parenting nature. Our children will enjoy reading and hearing about the moments we document. In turn, they’ll share their own special childhood memories and storytelling traditions will continue throughout generations. Who knows what kind of stories they’ll share online when they get older, right? Maybe they’ll be talking about us!

What kind of parenting moments do you share online?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney Baby. I’ll be joining the Disney Baby blogging team next month, and look forward to sharing these kinds of stories with you over there! Stay tuned for more details!


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1 Onica {MommyFactor} June 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

what a cute photo 🙂 I agree sharing tid bits of our kids lives has been happening since the first child was born. LOL.

2 modernmami June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

Isn’t the little boy in the photo adorable?! And, ha! So true. 😉

3 Betty June 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I wonder a lot about this too (and really worry about the creepers) but I share.

AND sometimes I share a little of the bad stuff. It brings in more of a conversation…as if other moms want to get it off their chest too and I give them that platform. They get it off their chest and then we all feel a little bit better.

It’s so hard isn’t it? Drawing that line?!?

4 modernmami June 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

Yes, sharing bad stuff that happens definitely brings about good conversations. Plus, it’s real. I just worry about them being embarrassed when they read it later in life, so I try to share the cute, funny, memorable moments. But, drawing the line is hard as you said. There’s so much we want to share!

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