Mommy Blogging Should Have an Age Limit

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Every now and then when I'm stuck for an idea, I ask my 6-year-old to help me out. Her response is usually, "You can write about how babies are cute, mom." Clearly she doesn't get the concept of parenting blogs and how the more controversial the topic, the better. I mean, babies being cute will NOT cut it here on The Stir. Unless there is video to back it up, of course.

While she knows I write about her and her baby brother, she doesn't really get it. But once she does, I'm going to stop. Because I do not want to become this mom, who discusses her 14-year-old daughter's first breakup on a major online publication. Even though I can see how tempting it might be, given the daughter handled things like a pro.

However, my history of writing about my children is embarrassing enough for them, without me delving into their teen years. Heck, even their tween years should be off limits because that is the worst. Who looks back longingly on their 12th year? No one.

So when should we stop talking about our kids online -- in real time? When they can read it themselves? When their friends can read it? When college admissions professionals can read it? I think all of the above.

God knows I don't want to bring any more embarrassment upon my teenagers than I will do just by being myself. So documenting their foibles will be a thing of the adorable past. Of course I'm a writer and my kids' lives will always influence what I do. But while I can talk about an aborted shopping trip now with no ill effect, once my daughter is a tween or teen, she's going to be seriously embarrassed that her mom is complaining about spending $75 on a dress. Also, neither kid will want their history of breast and formula feeding to appear in a Google search as they hit puberty. Really.

I'll be stopping while I'm ahead in this whole parenting blogging world. My kids will surely have enough of their own online words floating around by that time to embarrass them, and they certainly don't need mom's. Kids, you're welcome.

Do you think it's okay for moms and dads to write about their tweens and teens?


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Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

Honestly, I didn't find it all that bad that she wrote about her daughters breakup, what I thought was completely disturbing was how she implied that there was something wrong or abnormal about how her daughter was handling it. Encouraging her to drown her sorrows in ice cream and Facebook-stalk the boy, and then implying that he was trying to make her daughter jealous with the mention of another girl was just sooo over the top. I'm surprised that this teenager is as well adjusted as she seems with a mother who is clearly not all there!

the4m... the4mutts

Well, IMO, I don't care what my kid would think. If they don't want to be "embarassed", maybe they'll stop embarassing themselves.

I think the subject matter should be limited to less intimate things than first break-ups, and no more poop/puke stories, no first period stories, stuff like that.

Content limit, not age limit.

nonmember avatar alli

teen years are hard enough without having it all over the net for everyone to read it would suck being a teen is hard without a blog it would be a living nightmare with one so yea age limit

ReiRe... ReiReally

No. I don't super approve of parents blogging too much personal information about their kids anyway. talking about being a parent is fine an occasional vague story works but, turning your blog into a diary about your kids isn't a great idea in regards to safety. I guess I'm a spaz like that but the more people you tell that your kid loves tootsie rolls like an addict and will never say no to a new tutu, the more likely they'll be exploited for it.

nonmember avatar len

Yeah, at some point it becomes an invasion of their privacy. Children are not possessions, they are individual human beings who have the right to privacy just like anyone else.

nonmember avatar Tanya Fox

If my mom blogged about my siblings and I in the 1970s and 1980s, we would not be happy about it. It's tempting to write about your kids, but ultimately, it's an invasion of their privacy. Does the "whole wide web" really need to know about their amazing accomplishments? Or every hiccup in their young life? I'm not talking about writing about your traveling toddlers (our day trip to the zoo). I'm taking about when they are past age 6. Here we are telling children "be careful about what you post about yourself online" and parents are sharing too much.

nonmember avatar iabsare

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nonmember avatar fabrary

The core of your writing while appearing reasonable in the beginning, did not really work well with me personally after some time. Somewhere within the sentences you actually were able to make me a believer unfortunately just for a while. I still have got a problem with your jumps in logic and one would do nicely to help fill in all those breaks. In the event that you actually can accomplish that, I would surely end up being impressed.

nonmember avatar Handmade Review

I think we should all limit writing about other people and instead write about the experiences in general. Mom bloggers can definitely continue writing as long as they switch gear a little.

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