I work with adults so do not generally spend much time with children, outside of my 7 nieces and nephews, and a few of my friends’ children. I am sure my teacher friends would know this happens to them often, but just when I thought I knew the direction I was going, a 7 year old took my mind for a spin…
For our nieces and nephews birthdays, my partner Cody and I like to invite the child over for a sleep over in Regina with us. They pick the activities, the food, basically we just do whatever they want to do. It’s a hit and as their birthdays approach they ask us if they are coming to sleep over again soon. Hopefully I can keep this tradition going once our own little one comes but I guess I will play that by ear 😉
During Family Day weekend, Cody and I had our seven year old niece, V, over for a sleep over. When we got home from our activities (Wok Box, the Peter Rabit movie, and a trip to the dollar store) and hanging out on the couch waiting for supper to be ready, V says to me:
“Can we look at my mom and dad’s Facebook to find pictures of me when I was a baby?”
I think my eyes almost popped out of my head! At first I thought it was a strange request, but then I got out my iPad and pulled up her mom’s page and scrolled back to 2010 when she was just a baby. V laughed and giggled at the pictures, read the captions to me, wanted to know the story of what was going on in the picture, and wanted more. Off to grandma and grandpa’s, other aunts and uncle’s pages we go. For about an hour, she talked about what a cute baby she was, “oh I remember that!” (no you don’t but I won’t correct you!), and even how much baby her looks like her little sister. To her, it seemed like a fun activity to look back at her baby pictures. To me, it was an eye opening experience. She seemed to love that her pictures were online. She loved reading out loud what her parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc said about her. She didn’t seem embarrassed. She is only seven and I suppose could change her perspective but she definitely proved to me that posting about our kids on social media does not have to be a bad thing. Way to keep me on my toes, sweet girl.
Does anyone else have a positive story about a child and old social media posts? I would love to hear! It is easy to get sucked in the vacuum of why you should not post about your child. Most of the articles I find about sharenting or posting seem to lean towards reminding parents why they should be cautious. I can’t seem to find an article about a positive outcome of sharing online about your children but if any of my classmates have one, I would love to hear!