You know what? We live in a time that celebrates over-sharers. I was just reading some Facebook posts from friends and there it was: a post about a friend’s child and their elimination habits. As a parent, I have to laugh and sympathize because, trust me, I’ve been there, done that, and can give this new-to-potty-training dad a few very reliable tips (why ARE boys so hard to potty-train? What is that all about?!). On the other hand, though, let’s think about what that kid is going to think, though, in 10 years. Does he really want his future potential girlfriend to be able to google that horrid little factoid about her Friday night date? I mean, this is the girl he’s been really acting crazy about, right? He’s really into this one. I’m not so sure what she’s going to think about his potty training issues. Fast forward 10 more years, and now we’re looking at future bosses. How do you think Mr CEO is going to feel about his potential new employee and the excruciating detail that can be found about his exploits in and around the potty. Perhaps my friend’s kid didn’t add those details to his CV, right?
You’re shaking your head, thinking I’m being ridiculous. And maybe I am. But isn’t this something we should consider before we post the next look-how-cute-that-naked-tushie-is pic on Facebook or send it to every family member online? I am not saying I’m innocent. I do try to respect my family’s privacy and withhold names, but those of you who know me know who I am referring to. I try not to post truly embarrassing pics, but … I’m a mom, and sometimes we just can’t help it. But I do try to think about how I would feel if someone found a similar pic or post or description or what-have-you, and if I honestly think I’ll mind, I don’t post.
Just my two cents worth. And you are more than welcome to toss these words back in my face when I do just the very thing I was wingeing about.