7 Rules for Mom Bloggers, According to My Tween SonLori Garcia
You all know my son, Boy Wonder. He’s a tween with a lot of opinions. When he’s not giving you all the reasons your tween needs a cell phone, detailing why kids “deserve” summer vacation, or sharing the things he wishes he could change about his parents, he can be found schooling me on the ins and outs of proper mom blogging decorum.
(If you haven’t already seen his post on the 6 worst things about having a blogger for a mom, you might want to take a look, particularly if you’re a blogger and the proud keeper of a tween.)
Boy Wonder’s grown up a blog child. From the time he was 7, I’ve blogged about my life and his very important place in it. But as he begins to change in all the big adolescent ways, I owe it to him to not only respect his privacy, but follow his blogging rules.
“Mom, these rules are really fair. I thought about them a lot. You should follow these rules and so should every mom that blogs about her kids, because how do we know what you’re writing about us while we’re at school?” Solid point.
So my fellow blogging mamas, take a look at Boy Wonder’s seven rules for me (and mom bloggers everywhere).
1. No posts about my body.
“Puberty is super embarrassing. Don’t mention me and puberty together. You can talk about your own puberty or how they do it in books, but leave me out of it.”
Verdict: Totally fair. And I will not be talking about my own puberty because puberty is super embarrassing.
2. No posts about my love life.
“I don’t have a girlfriend, but if I did, you couldn’t talk about it. Actually, I wouldn’t even tell you if I had one because … I just wouldn’t.”
Verdict: Fair. And ruuuuuude.
3. No posts about my grades.
“Grades are private. My teacher doesn’t even let us show our report cards to our friends so you shouldn’t share my grades either.”
Verdict: Fair, but whatever will I do without that riveting P.E. grade blog fodder?!
4. No posts about my mistakes.
“Don’t like, tell people when I get my game time taken away or when I do something wrong. But you can tell the good stuff.”
Verdict: Maybe unfair. While I respect your privacy, understand that mistakes are part of growing up. Blogging is not a platform for tattling or highlighting the negative, but rather creating a larger discussion about how we turn those mistakes into valuable lessons.
5. No posts about my friends.
“Don’t talk about my friends or use their names or pictures. That’s embarrassing.”
Verdict: Fair. I never talk about your friends, and if I did, I’d talk in general terms. Also, I don’t even use your name.
6. No posts about anything embarrassing.
“Just don’t embarrass me. You always tell me not to embarrass you, so you know … just don’t.”
Verdict: Fair and unfair. I would never intentionally embarrass you. That said, this one might be impossible to follow. You are embarrassed by everything, including, but not limited to: me, your brother, and your dad.
7. No posts about my secrets.
“And don’t tell any of my secrets. If you write about them, they’re not secrets anymore.”
Verdict: Fair, but I have no idea what you’re talking about. What are these “secrets?” And are they any good? You barely tell me how your day was at school, but OK, your secret secrets are absolutely safe with me.
What are your thoughts on Boy Wonder’s blogging rules?