Mia came up to me one day a few weeks ago with her arms folded in mock annoyance (I can tell because she couldn’t repress a smile) and asked me if I put her bout of recent health issues up on the blog. I told her I didn’t. In reality, I’ve never told the girls about the blog and to my knowledge I didn’t even think they were aware that it existed, but I figured someone in the family must have mentioned or shown them the blog at some point, so I was surprised by her question.
Her inquiry did make me think about some general feelings I’ve had about posting less about the kids now that they are older. I wouldn’t eliminate posting about them completely – how could I? They are a major part of our everyday lives and the advice and comments from other parents on specific issues have been invaluable. But it does warrant some reexamination about how much to share and what to share. Sometimes when I go back into the archives to see where we were in life I forget how small the girls were. Claudine was only a baby and I didn’t have as many readers back then so I may have felt freer to post specific things that might make me hesitate twice now, especially since Mia is older and more aware. It’s an interesting debate and only one that we’re facing with our generation of kids. I think it’s important to respect the privacy of your kids and I’ve certainly responded all the times Mia doesn’t want her photo taken, which accounts for why she might be appearing on the blog less than Claudine who still hams it up for photos and loves to be in front of the camera. People always tell me that this blog will be a great documentation of their childhood for the girls to look back on, but there has to be a point where you draw the line. I am trying to figure out where that line is.