It’s a brave new world. In the olden days, i.e., the 80’s, home movies and photos were limited to bookshelves, taken out only to embarrass the kids at family functions and on prom nights.
Thanks to the interwebs, we parents can now embarrass our kids 24/7, wohoo! So, where is Mister you might ask? He’s here, growing, smiling and making us happy every day. Here we are during our first week home. The love and Vicodin are strong in this photo.
For now, he remains behind the scenes for a few reasons:
- He tried to eat his own foot the other day. The boy thinks his extremities are a tasty snack, so the Stranger Danger concept is still a bit over his head.
- My full-time job is writing about personal finance, and kids are 51 times more likely to be victimized by identity theft. Sorry to sound like an encyclopedia, but it’s true. The greater their online presence, the greater the risk for long-term problems.
- I was pregnant, like, five minutes ago. Mister was just a tiny fetus this time last year, helpless, fragile and inextricably mine. The idea of putting him out there in the world as a wee child today is a little overwhelming.
This is our policy. It may change as he gets older, but it’s what works for now. We certainly don’t begrudge anyone for posting their own kids’ photos on Facebook, Twitter, or a freeway billboard for that matter. In fact, we’ll probably be liking and commenting all over those posts, so don’t hold back! As Moms and Dads, we’re all just going with our guts and doing the best we can. Thanks for understanding!