Embarrasing posts may haunt children

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Oh the joys of being a parent who can embarrass your child when they bring home their first friend, significant other and lifelong mate.

As a child, my elders, most notably my aunt, loved to share stories about me as a child, such has how she used to change my diaper.

Looking back, a story about how a close relative used to keep me clean as an infant probably isn’t that bad of a tale to share.

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These days, as I tour through Facebook feeds, I see parents sharing much more about their little ones than any person-to-person interaction ever could.

Before the wrong idea is gleaned, this column is not about to turn into a rant about how parents shouldn’t share stories of their children with the world.

Quite the opposite.

Parents should be proud of their children, their accomplishments and also share a bit of humor with the world concerning the rearing of their progeny.

In my eyes, there’s nothing more humorous than their simple yet factual observations of life and clumsy spills.

Friends of mine may see my laughter in a negative light, but I mean no disrespect. Certainly parents may not always find it funny when their child asks a silly question, or incessantly says “MOM, MOM, MOM!” to get their parent’s attention.

What parents may want to be careful of is sharing too much with the social media realm, especially about their children.

Just like embarrassing polaroid photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s, these photos uploaded to the Internet may come back around to haunt these youngsters.

The only difference is that unlike that hard copy print, you can’t just grab a shredder or lighter to make these images disappear. Instead they could potentially show up years later with a simple query on the latest search engine.

So certainly be proud of your children, their accomplishments and their fumbles, but keep in mind, they too, will be adults one day.