Saturday, March 7, 2015

Social Media and Parenting Is Tough

OK~ The last 10 days of my life have been super crazy and I will admit I am ready for things to calm down a little bit. Just a few weeks ago I was thinking of how smooth things had been going and silently wondering when things would go crazy. Well, it didn't take long for things to go wild.

Through all of the craziness I began to look at social media and looked at how we saw each other. Social media for the most part, I do believe, represents who we are and what we stand for. This then led me to think about how difficult it would be raising kids today with social media. When our boys were little there was no social media. We had actual cameras and had to take the film to a local store to get the film processed into photos. Today, we take photos of our kids eating or playing with our smartphones and  BAM- a whole new world opens up. The comments start coming in and the opinions are all over the place.

"You do know, you should not feed him that."

"That toy was recently recalled, you did see that, didn't you?"

"Why would you take a five year old there?"

These are just some of the things I have seen recently through my Facebook feed. What I take from this is that no matter what you do as a parent today, someone from somewhere will tell you that you are doing it wrong. This would be hard! Social media changes everything. Social media makes parenting even harder in today's world.

What I would love to see is for people to support parents of today. Which means that we do not push an agenda on them and let them parent the way they want. Others may have an opinion, but again, somethings just do not belong on social media. Opinions are opinions, sometimes they are best kept to ourselves.

Safety is a whole other issue. Before you post any picture of any child online, ask yourself how the child will react when they are 15 years old and find that photo online. Will they be proud of the photo you posted or will they be ashamed?

So, the next time I see a Facebook status update with a child eating M & M's, guess what? I will like that post and move on. You will not find this Mom telling another Mom how to parent and feed their child. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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