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On Embarassing Photos of Older Kids.

By caseymullins |

Her name's Addie, not GraceAfter writing about the many adventures of Addie’s purple woobie, I got an email from my husband telling me I forgot to add a picture to the slideshow.

I assured him I didn’t forget, I chose not to include it because it is sort of, pretty much…humiliating.

What we put out here on the Internet will be around forever folks, and once it’s out there? You don’t have much control over who can get their hands on it or what they can do with it.

Which is why I chose not to include the hilariously awkward picture of Addie in the post, despite it being funniest picture of Addie ever taken. (Well, the one to the left is pretty funny too, she’s diving for a Bocce ball…not face planting…despite the appearance otherwise.)

Sorry, I’m still not going to show you the other one, but I can tell you about it.

While I was pregnant Addie would put woobie under her shirt and pretend she was pregnant too. What we didn’t realize is that she was sleeping with woobie in her shirt as well. One night her shirt must have not been right for a woobie belly so she stuck woobie down the front of her stretchy pajama pants. Due to seams in unfortunate places and the fact that she fell fast asleep with no blankets covering her, we walked into the most unexpected scene that night.

I took a picture, shared it with exactly five family members and my two best friends and left it at that. I knew I could trust them with the photo and with all of them knowing Addie (and woobie) as well as they do, the hilarity was understood. Not captioned with misspelled words in white font and spread around the Internet under the titles of “FAIL!” or “AWKWARD!”

Every photo album has those few pictures that we’re mortified our prom date will see. There’s no need to help that fear along by posting embarrassing photos of our kids for everyone to see before they are even capable of having an opinion of what is online about them.

There’s no need to photograph potty training, or bath time after a certain age. Once little girls are old enough to put their own shirt? They should always be photographed in one.

Maybe I’m just a prude when it comes to such things, but I’m well aware of what lurks on the other side of my door and screen, and I’m not about to feed it.

Where do you stand on the issue of posting photos that would embarrass your own children?


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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “On Embarassing Photos of Older Kids.

  1. mamaTiff says:

    fully agree

  2. Lisa says:

    I wholeheartedly agree! I don’t have any photos of my daughter before the age of six, as I adopted her from the foster care system, but the last thing she needs is something else to hurt her self esteem.My daughter has had enough battles! The most embarrassing photo I have taken (and shared with family) was when she was 7 years old and somehow managed to get a wooden tambourine around her waist. I have no idea how she did it, but it took me awhile to get it off of her, and I had to have proof that I was telling the truth, and as she was still my foster at the time, I needed proof that if I accidentally bruised her in the removal, I had not meant to hurt her. She is now 18, and I still won’t post embarrassing photos. Teens have enough stress to worry about, without parents posting photos like that!

  3. Wing0125 says:

    I have to admit that recently I have removed ALL photos off Facebook. I have a private blog where I share photos. Otherwise, I decided that not knowing who is viewing photos of my children, and they may someday want a position of importance, it would make sense to limit the photos online them! Drawings, or photos that don’t include their face would be fine though.

    There’s a great documentary on CBC about the impact of posting on Facebook…. How people have lost jobs, government benefits, political careers…. Because of Facebook.

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