Blogging About Teens
I read a blog post recently about moms who were sad that their little kids had grown into teens and they couldn’t blog about them anymore.
I was a little surprised because, as you all know, I blog about my teens. Thinking about it, I tried to figure out why these moms would have stopped blogging about their kids. One theory — that teens would be embarrassed (if not terrified) about what their parents would say about them — online!
Then I put some thought into why I get away with it? How is it that I don’t even bat an eye about telling stories about my kids. Well, for starters, I have a great relationship with my teens – so that’s helpful. And, I think even more importantly, I ask their permission to blog stuff about them.
“Hey, can I post that photo I took of you… ?”
Or – for the funny conversations, I pull out my phone and start taking notes as they banter back and forth… then they look at me, “Are you writing this down for your blog?” Me – “Yes, don’t mind me, continue…”
I take notes in front of them. It’s obvious what I’m doing. If they ask, I tell them. No sneak attacks. They know what’s coming, or at least have an idea. And if they don’t want me to blog something – I don’t. “Mom, you’re not going to blog this are you?” “No, no. Don’t worry.” And they can trust that. The idea of the blog is to be fun, thoughtful, and create a connection with others – like you. (Thanks for following!)
Posted on April 21, 2015, in Living Ideology, Who Lives Here and tagged blogging about teens, blogging topics, blogs about kids, blogs about teens, parenting teens, Suzanne Costigan, teens. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.