Videos of Crying Kids Are Not Cute -- Even if They Do Go Viral

A few days ago, my daughter did something cute. I filmed her on my iPad and sent it to her grandparents. Then, I couldn't resist, I decided to post the video on Facebook. But first I hesitated because I thought: holy crap, I'm one of those parents who bores everyone with footage of my child doing something that only a mom (and grandparent) thinks is cute.

I posted it anyway.

And people, lots of people -- people who have jobs and lives that are far more exciting than mine -- began commenting. And commenting. And "liking" it. And using emoticons to let me know how great it was. And I thought: holy crap, the whole world has collectively gone mad.

Sometimes we can't help capturing our children's adorable moments. Their spontaneous interpretive dances. The replies they give for why the sky is blue. Tape these moments and keep 'em coming.

But there are certain vids we, as loving parents, should never post. Hint: anything with tears and raw emotion and Band-Aids being ripped off.


A week ago we met a cute little girl named Sadie, whose parents filmed her going ballistic because she realized her baby brother was going to grow up one day. She also realized, in that moment, that she was going to die when she was 100. I know it's a cute video -- and Sadie's a super-cute kid -- but you may want to put your phone down when your 5-year-old is experiencing her first existential crisis and address such crisis, no matter how silly it seems. And I think most of us could agree the topic of death makes us crave hugs, too.

But Sadie is nothing compared to scores of other vids we've come across -- like this horrifying montage of babies falling down and crying. When did it become perfectly normal to present a young child's, toddler's, or baby's sadness as something that is greatly entertaining?

Not all of us find these funny, and I would venture to say more than a few parents probably cringe and want to pick up the sad child and just give him or her a squeeze.

But to those parents who think the world needs to see their child have a Band-Aid ripped from his skin after he was so traumatized by the idea that he refused to let them do so for days -- we don't. I don't care if he's quoting a line from Frozen to help ease his emotional pain, you need to put down your camera and be in the moment with him to help him deal with his fear.

FYI, here's the viral vid of which I speak:

Same goes for parents who can't help but film their kids getting splinters removed, screaming their heads off because they're afraid of the dark or the family dog, or tearfully running into the ocean unaccompanied by an adult because the adult who should be supervising him is too busy holding up an iPhone.

Let's all think before we film and post.

How do you feel about parents filming and posting videos of their children when they are scared or having an emotional reaction to something?


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