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Is it okay to post negative things about your child?

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.

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judyOctober 28, 2011 - 4:58 pm

You are a wise mom. Too many women do not respect their child’s right to privacy. This type is sarcastic and lacking in confidence. The child cannot defend against the stupidity of this type woman.

Rebecca LittleOctober 28, 2011 - 9:15 pm

I agree. It’s not funny at all to the child. He’s having a terrible time and dealing with it the only way he knows how. Imagine if you were at your wit’s end and losing control and someone you loved laughed at you. I don’t think it comes from a place of cruelty; this mom (I didn’t see the video and don’t know the people involved) would probably jump in front of a bus for her child. I think it’s from truly not realizing.

AmyOctober 28, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Well said! Some things should be dealt with privately and behind closed doors. You never know how what you post about your child could come back and haunt him later in life. Zachary is very lucky that he has a mom that respects him and has the common sense to know what is acceptable to share with the rest of the world. Kudos to you Karen for voicing your opinion regarding this topic.

Heather LillyOctober 29, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Oh I couldn’t agree more! I’m happy you shared your feelings on this.

MelissaOctober 31, 2011 - 9:40 am

This really irks me as well. I think it’s okay to be frustrated with your child, I just don’t think it’s the world’s business. What’s even worse is when people tape their children cursing or otherwise inappropriate things. I don’t get it, are they trying to seem like bad parents? If my [eventual] kids acted like that, I would be embarrased, not spreading it around for everyone to see.

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