When does sharing things about your kids online become oversharing? And how do older kids who have grown up on their parents’ blogs and social media feeds feel about having their childhoods posted for public consumption? You’ve probably noticed we’re much more private about our own kids these days, and in this special episode we’re diving into “sharenting” and the reasons why we’ve decided to scale back. We also talked with four other bloggers (Erin Loechner, Myquillyn Smith, Cassie Freeman, and Joy Cho) about how much is too much to share – and we loved hearing how they find the right balance for their family. It was fascinating to chat with people who all come at this topic from a different angle to hear what feels right for them and when they know they’ve crossed the line.
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- Erin Loechner
- Joy Cho
- Myquillyn Smith
- Cassie Freeman
Below are some links to other posts and articles on this subject that have been helpful as we (constantly!) think about it:
- As we mentioned, our friend Katie Bower wrote a post in response to a negative comment about sharing her kids and how she sees it as a way to celebrate them
- Nicole Balch (who was featured on our special episode about sponsored posts) wrote a great post about this subject and why she planned to share less as her kids aged on her blog Making It Lovely
- This writer on Wellness Mama addresses “Why I Don’t Post About My Kids Online” including some of the backlash she’s received for that decision
- “Why I Decided To Stop Writing About My Children” is a New York Times essay about the phone call that changed her perspective on sharing her children
- “Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online?” is an NPR piece that cites some interesting studies and stories on both sides of the discussion
- “The Pros and Cons of ‘Sharenting’” is from The Guardian, and ends with some helpful tips
- “Do We Reveal Too Much About Our Kids Online?” is a PBS Parents article also ends with some practical advice
- “Think Twice Before Posting About Your Kids Online, Pediatricians Say” is from TIME, and it summarizes the new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics
There are certainly TONS of other reports and articles on the subject of “sharenting” so if you know of any – or have written one yourself! – please don’t hesitate to share them with us on social media.
And here’s that “Stay at Home Dad Meme” we mentioned our conversation with Joy. That’s me in the upper left (pre-beard).
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Thanks for listening, guys!