Exploiting your kids?

by singlemomseeking on October 21, 2009

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So, one particular panel at BlogWorld Expo — about “The Ethics of Mommy Blogging” — has really stayed with me.

Let’s face it: many of us, as moms and dads, starting blogging as a way of keeping a digital scrapbook. You’ve shared your URL with family and friends, especially if they live long distance. You’ve imagined your baby reading your blog someday.

But today some moms — like Colleen Padilla, aka Classy Mommy, who was on this panel — say: “We need to realize that Mommy Blogging is a profession.”

So, if mommy blogging is indeed a profession for many of us, at what point do these boundaries blur?

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about censoring my blog for my kid.

Fortunately, as Mom101 pointed out recently, mom blogging is NOT the same as reality TV with real life moms, such as Wife Swap or new single mom Kate (plus her Eight!).

Kate Gosselin

But still. I think about all of this (okay, maybe obsess?) a lot. And this week, a reporter called me from the New York Times to talk about this very topic. So, clearly, I’m not alone.

If you blog, do you ever feel like you’re taking your kids’ stories and claiming them as your own?

If you read blogs, do you think there’s a time when bloggers need to just stop writing about their kids? Is it when a child is old enough to read? Or, when he/she starts school?

I bet you have a lot to say on this one. Thanks.

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