What the Kavanaugh Trial taught me about being a parent on social media
I’m going to keep this pretty brief (mostly because I have a 2 yr old ninja and a baby princess that doesn’t understand that sleep is her friend, not foe). We all saw or heard about the trial that Brett Kavanaugh went through before getting confirmed into the Supreme Court. Most of us also saw his detailed journal that documented his high school and college days. Most of us also post our lives over Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and the other things that mom’s in their 30’s are out of touch with as we spend our days in the busyness of all that comes with the title of “mom”. (I’ll take the sleepless nights over being cool any day though).
As Halloween approaches, I hear more and more on the news, talk shows, and articles about controversial costumes; even when it comes to kids. I wanted to write this as a brief “food for thought” message. Social media says that we should continually post updates about our lives and document it with photos. When our post gets a bunch of “likes”, that triggers a positive response in our brains (kind of like eating chocolate) – which makes us want more. So we post more and more and when we don’t get as many likes, we feel as though we are failing. Pictures of kids will always get a positive response, so, for many of us, that what gets shared the most.
Let’s bring it all together now. Our kids are not always going to be little. Someday, they are going to grow up and be working adults. What if that one fine day comes when they get nominated to hold a highly prestigious position and, heaven forbid, they have to go through what Justice Kavanaugh did. There are not going to be journals to refer to about your child’s personal history. No, there’s social media for that. Once something is on the web, it’s there to stay. The government officials and investigators won’t have to dig quite so hard anymore since everything about your child’s past has been put up freely for all to see, by you (or themselves if they are of that age), 20 years earlier.
Wouldn’t it be terrible if your 28 year old lost out on a wonderful business opportunity that would better provide for his or her family because they unintentionally picked out a “controversial” costume this Halloween, or wore the wrong band’s T-shirt to a party? I know we get warnings all the time about posting too much on social media, but this is a new aspect that I didn’t realize would be such an issue until the recent happenings in D.C.
Mom’s, Dad’s, Teens… Just be mindful about what you post. You never know how it will affect them in the future in our ever-changing world. This brings me to my concluding thought: Heaven looks more and more appealing each passing day, doesn’t it? Sometimes this world can be so bitter and quick to pick a fight over nonsense. Heaven will have NONE of that. Only joy, peace and rest wait for us there. Want to know how to get there? See my post on how to be saved and just see how Much Jesus Christ loves you and longs to give you freedom from all the stress that social media and our world brings.
~ Lindsey Alaine
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