A couple months ago, I was talking to my new friend Carrie about little boys. We both have them and, in passing, she said, “I bet your little boy sits quietly and obeys right away!”
Um, pardon my maniacal laughter. Not so much.
I realized that I might give the impression that my kids always sing worship songs, never fight and only disobey by not putting down the Bible when I ask them to.
Again, not so much.
But I give that impression on purpose.
“Wha? Kat…I thought you were all about being ‘real’ and not comparing and junk!? Why would you let us think your kids are perfect?”
Because their failures aren’t my stories to tell.
I’ll share mine all day long. I’ll tell you I get grumpy. I’ll tell you I get distracted. I’ll tell you I let them eat HFCS and watch too much tv. I’ll tell you I’m as selfish as all get out.
But I pray I never say anything here that embarrasses one of my children. Their struggles are not fodder for my blog.
In this digital age, when we all love to get a “like” a “RT” or a comment, let’s challenge ourselves not to do it at the expense of our children. They may be small, but Google doesn’t forget and jr. high is unforgiving.
My 9 year old, 7 year old and even my 4 year old are very conscious about what I say about them in person.
I want to be conscientious about what I say online.
This doesn’t mean I never tell their stories. It just means I ask first.
Now, every family has a different culture. I might share stories you never would and you might share stories I never would. We just make sure our families have a clear understanding.
Whether we blog, Tweet or Facebook, it’s not a bad idea to say a prayer before we post and ask ourselves, “Will this encourage or discourage those who read it?”
And if it’s about someone other than us, let’s make sure our words are ones we (and our kids) can be proud of in years to come.
May we be mothers whose words (even fleeting digital ones) bring honor to our children.
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