When does sharing things about your kids online become oversharing? And how do older kids who have grown up on their parents’ blogs and social media feeds feel about having their childhoods posted for public consumption? You’ve probably noticed we’re much more private about our own kids these days, and in this special episode we’re diving into “sharenting” and the reasons why we’ve decided to scale back. We also talked with four other bloggers (Erin Loechner, Myquillyn Smith, Cassie Freeman, and Joy Cho) about how much is too much to share – and we loved hearing how they find the right balance for their family. It was fascinating to chat with people who all come at this topic from a different angle to hear what feels right for them and when they know they’ve crossed the line.
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- Erin Loechner
- You can learn more about Erin on her blog, , or follow her on or
- She’s also written a post called about balancing her children’s privacy and blogging about motherhood
- She also authored the book that Sherry was digging back in Episode #34
- Joy Cho
- You can learn more about Joy on her blog, , as well as her social feeds like , , &
- You can also hear our original interview with Joy about how rejection has fueled her business in Episode #36
- Myquillyn Smith
- You can learn more about Myquillyn (aka “The Nester”) on her blog, , on places like and
- She’s also got a book called , with the ever-encouraging subtitle: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful
- Cassie Freeman
- You can catch up with Cassie on her blog, , and her social feeds like and
- You can also hear our original interview with Cassie about embracing color in your decor in Episode #43
Below are some links to other posts and articles on this subject that have been helpful as we (constantly!) think about it:
- As we mentioned, our friend Katie Bower wrote a post in response to a negative comment about sharing her kids and how
- Nicole Balch (who was featured on our special episode about sponsored posts) wrote a great post about this subject and on her blog Making It Lovely
- This writer on Wellness Mama addresses “” including some of the backlash she’s received for that decision
- “” is a New York Times essay about the phone call that changed her perspective on sharing her children
- “” is an NPR piece that cites some interesting studies and stories on both sides of the discussion
- “” is from The Guardian, and ends with some helpful tips
- “” is a PBS Parents article also ends with some practical advice
- “” is from TIME, and it summarizes the new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics
There are certainly TONS of other reports and articles on the subject of “sharenting” so if you know of any – or have written one yourself! – please don’t hesitate to share them with us on social media.
And here’s that “Stay at Home Dad Meme” we mentioned our conversation with Joy. That’s me in the upper left (pre-beard).
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