Shortly after I started this blog, I thought I would add a weekly segment where David and I discussed the books we were reading together. Our very first book was I Can Do It Myself. Some months, we posted almost every week. During some months, we didn't get to it very often. But it was something he was excited about and it started a great tradition for us where we read together and then talked about the stories.
Recently, David didn't seem to be as excited about doing book reviews. When he said he didn't want to talk about his books, I let it go for a few months. I love that he loves reading and I don't want to make it an obligation. I want it to be something that is fun for him. Since then, David has started reviewing books again. In fact, he wanted to sit down and review several books at once.
When I recently read an article by the lovely Sarah Bessey about giving her children some privacy, I started to really think about how the kids appear here on my blog. I appreciated what Sarah wrote about getting permission from her older kids before she posted their pictures or wrote about events in their lives. I think, as parents, we certainly don't want our kids to grow up to find embarrassing pictures and stories that will be stuck in cyberspace for eternity.
There's also the persistent worry that your pictures of your precious kids will end up on someone else's website or used by a company without your knowledge. That is some scary stuff. I want to share some pictures of my kids because they are (obviously) a big part of my life. At the end of the day, this blog is for me to remember the books that I love and the things that were happening in my life during this time. I love doing the 52 series and I think it's going to be a lot of fun to look back on at the end of the year. But every time I post a picture, I put a watermark on it in the hopes that it will deter any would-be picture stealers.
I want my children to be a part of this blog, as long as they want to be. Now that David is getting older, he can decide if he wants to talk about books with me or if he wants his pictures up here on the blog. Today, he loves both of those things. Next month, he might feel differently and that's ok.
If you are a parent or grandparent, how do you decide what to post online about your kid(s)?