Sharenting: Do you share too much about your children on social media?

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Sharenting (or over sharenting) is a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children. It is related to the concept of “too much information”.

It is a common sight on everyone’s Facebook feed these days, parents constantly posting photos of their children. Birthdays, first days of school, festive celebrations, are all subject to sharenting. Most of the time, there will be random photo of a parent and child sharing a moment together. Parents will also post personal thoughts about their parenting joys which could be from how proud they are of their child, and at times parenting woes like how they are unable to cope with the children’s demands.

But have we ever thought if sharenting is appropriate. Are our children aware of what we post online about them without their permission? Does it compromise their safety and privacy? How is it going to affect them in the long run?

As parents, we should take into consideration how our sharing will affect our child later in life. We often want to share memorable milestones in our kids childhood. Some of the photos are probably harmless while some others could turn into a source of embarrassment when they are much older.

We must always consider our children’s right to privacy.

All photos posted have basic information attached which reveals where the photo was taken. So even if you may not have disclosed your child’s full name and other personal information, simply by posting the photo anyone can see what your child looks like and has access to other personal information.

Keep certain milestones special and within the family.

Last but not least, as a general rule, before your post anything about your child, make sure you are not doing it to boost your own ego.

Well, I guess its time for me to start on some housekeeping…

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Just good parenting?

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My eldest boy who will be turning 11 this November has had a mobile device in his possession for a couple of years now as I wanted him to easily communicate with me, his dad or the authorities in case of an emergency and also to gain access to the internet for its educational value. But Bug and I also knew that by providing these tools opens the door to a bunch of potential problems.

He has recently added some of his friends to his contact list and they have been communicating through WhatsApp. There is no simple answer to the question on whether I should read his text messages. I feel that he should reasonably expect some privacy as he is mature and that my interference will send a negative message to him by in the form of trust. But at the same time, he is still a child, and I have to step up and not get confuse about my role as a parent and that is to keep him safe by keeping an eye on his daily activities while I still can and giving him the best advises possible.

So I found out yesterday that there are a couple of girls having “crushes” on him. And they were telling him how they feel about him. My gosh! I did not have this privilege of getting myself heard when I was a child. I can’t even use the house phone to talk to a boy! So unfair! This is all new to me. It was really funny. My son being him, straight with no emotions, just told these girls that he doesn’t wish to talk about the “crush” topic or else he won’ be texting them ever again.

So my advises for him this morning was to respect others even when he is communicating with them over chats. Never to hurt anyone regardless of their attitude towards him. Be nice and stay focus in class. Life has so much to offer us. And this is just the beginning.

He did asked me though if I read his messages. Well of course I denied it. Just told him it was purely motherly instinct 🙂

On Being a Stay At Home Parent

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It has been almost a year since I left my nursing job. The truth was, Bug and I had been considering this idea since a couple of years before after we had our 2nd child but we never got to execute it. We were faced with the dilemma on how to manage the boys after we had our 2nd one. I had to return to work after 4 months of paid maternity leave. We do not have much options on childcare. I was not keen to send my baby to childcare at an early age due to some personal experiences. Basically, we were doing this on our own.

We had people close to us saying that it wasn’t a good idea if I were to leave my very secured job. What was I to do being a SAHM (Stay at home mom) at a very young age. How it was going to affect our finances since I was earning quite well, how tough it was going to be for Bug to work on his own in a country like this, where everything is so expensive. We didn’t get the support we wanted. And so we put the idea aside and got a helper instead.

Having a stay in helper (better known as maid here) was really a roller coaster ride for us. It was definitely not the best choice. It was the ONLY choice. We were going through some really hard times. Having to juggle work, family commitment, the children needed us more, I was trying to find time for myself to do other things that I had to, Bug was doing his studies after work, having to care for the helper who is supposed to ease your load but instead was giving us a lot of issues to deal with. So after much discussions with Bug and  thinking it thoroughly, without consulting anyone at all this time, I followed my heart.

Being a stay at home mom has been a very worth while experience not only for me but for Bug and the boys as well.

I spent more time with my family. I used to have to leave home for as early as 0630hrs to make sure I get there on time for our roll call and will only get home by 1800hrs. I had to rush through preparing dinner (my helper doesn’t do the cooking. I prefer not to due to hygiene purposes). I didn’t have much time with the boys and by the time I get to sit down with them, I was dead tired.

I actually like not having to go through all the stress of having to do everything to be successful. I think many women are pressured into feeling that they must be both a mother and a career woman to be successful in life. This is absolutely not true. I wake up everyday be there for my boys and that makes me feel really contented. And I worry less about their well being too. Bug really appreciates it as he gets to fully concentrate on his career and plans to further his studies again soon.

We are spending much lesser now. I get to save on the electricity bills, water bills, cut down on the marketing expenses and learn how to budget myself. I used to spend money like the way I waste water. I am still learning the difference between needs and wants everyday. I also learnt not to judge someone by the things they wear or carry, or how they look or what car they are driving in (we are travelling by public now. If you know how expensive a car is in Singapore, you will understand why). This is truly a humble journey and I believe I am becoming a better person because of it.

These are just some of the things that benefits me in being a homemaker that I can think about right now. I am not saying that it is all good. I still face ups and downs sometimes and there are a lot of negative points in being a homemaker too. I am living life the way I want it to be and that makes me happy and fulfilled. Be honest, ask yourself what you really want in life. What makes you happy. If you are happy working for you and your family, then that is your journey. But if you think that you want to stay home and be there for your family, then do it. Either way it is not going to be easy. But life is unpredictable. Make full use of it. Live life to the fullest. Never regret your decisions. Be happy. Be truly happy. This is what every parents deserve no matter how you get there.

The First Day of School

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The facebook pages and instagram feeds are loaded with pictures of children going back to school. Bug and I decided not to do it this time. The truth is, I don’t really like exposing the boys too much to my kinda social media. I will talk about this next time.

So parents, why do you make it seem so tragic to let go of your children? Even to school? I think modern parenting has gotten some of us confused on the boundaries when it comes to managing our children. Modern parenting is one of the other topics I would like to talk about sometime soon, I hope.

Yes, they are going to go through another phase in life. I totally agree that you need to support your little ones 100%. It is never going to be easy to get rid of the parent attachment we have towards our children but your children need to grow up. Changes like these are important in their milestone. Letting go does not mean we are bad parents. We will have to allow them to grow at some point in life, allow them to find their own way in this world and let them know that we will be there no matter what, if they ever need us. Be happy. You are indeed teaching your little ones something valuable.

 

We Bare Bears

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Picture courtesy of webarebears.wikia.

We Bare Bears received 8.1/10 on IMDB and 7.5/10 on TV.com

Series cast: 

  • Demetri Martin as Ice Bear
  • Eric Edelstein as Grizzly
  • Bobby Moynihan as Panda

We Bare Bears is an American animated television series created by Daniel Chong which is aired several times a day on the Cartoon Network.

We Bare Bears deserve a rating of 4/5 as it has gotten us hooked on the awesome heartwarming adventure of three brothers who tries to fit into a civilised society. They have a lot to learn about the super advanced technologically world, most of the time getting themselves into some sort of chaos while trying to do something useful or good but they kept on proving to us over and over again that no matter how different their personalities are, as siblings, they are always stronger together then they are individually.

The show content is good for everyone of all ages. But parents, watch this with your little ones so that they have a better view and understanding about the good and bad of having siblings, how you generalise about today’s society and its population and why it is always important to be sensitive to others.