I spend quite a bit of time thinking about the purpose of my blog and how much I should be sharing. I want to be authentic and share the real sides of our lives BUT I’m also aware of the other people in my stories. Specifically my children.
I don’t want to overshare, but I do want to put out useful stories and information. If we’ve had a breakthrough in a challenge or worked to a happy ending I want to be able to share my journey for other parents to learn from our struggles. Especially through our journey with Positive Discipline. It’s been a loooooong haul through the toddler and preschool years and I’ve learned so much. But I also want to be sensitive to what my kids would find embarrassing. I don’t want them to have friends reading about their childhood online and teasing them with what they read. Perhaps we’ll go underground as the kids get older and just pull the whole site.
For now I’m skating the line. Sharing things not too personal, not too private. But also not taking away the joy they would have from telling family about a lost tooth or a success at school. I’d hate for them to hear a “Yeah I saw that on your Mom’s blog!” when they start telling a story. I can’t even imagine a time where they’re old enough to be dating and to have potential crushes be able to read about their potty training experience.
It’s new territory. Definitely not anything I ever had to worry about growing up.
So, it’s a line in the sand as we grow as a family. There might be times where I find a story important to share but potentially embarrassing to my kids. Hopefully using “they” instead of specific names will help buy us some time in remaining anonymous online.
Thank you for being a part of our experiment.