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7 Things Moms Should Never Post on Facebook

By paulabernstein |

I mostly use Facebook as a way to reconnect with old friends and to keep in touch with new ones. But, as a mom, I occasionally post status updates about my kids. I’ve shared photos of my daughters on vacation and on their first day of school, but, in general, I refrain from hogging the newsfeed with updates about my kids. While I enjoy seeing pictures of my friends’ kids and hearing what they’re up to, I don’t need to hear what they’re doing every single minute of the day. In fact, I can’t stand when moms only post updates about their kids and tell us way more information than we need to know.

Here is my highly subjective list of 7 Things Moms Should Never Post on Facebook:

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7 Things Moms Shouldn't Post On Facebook


Updates on your spin cycle are about as interesting as Farmville alerting us that you've planted 10 new crops of tomatoes. If you've spent all day during laundry, we're impressed (and sympathetic!), but don't want to read about it. (Except for the day you accidentally turn all your clothes pink or fill the basement with soap suds — now THAT'S a story we want to hear.)
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Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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18 thoughts on “7 Things Moms Should Never Post on Facebook

  1. Reese says:

    My take: get over it. People like to post about these things (and some would have nothing to say otherwise), if you don’t want to read it you can ignore it, hide their posts on fb, or just don’t be their fb friend.

  2. Sol says:

    Nah it doesn’t bother me. If someone posts something I don’t care for on Facebook and it becomes an issue for me? I don’t expect them to stop posting whatever it is, I just hide them from my newsfeed or unfriend them. It isn’t for me to dictate how others use social media.

  3. Danielle says:

    I agree with a lot of these…the diaper blow outs and the snotty noses in particular. I recently wrote a blog post about how people complain that moms post too much about their kids, but we’re not the only guilty ones.

    Thanks for the pictures of every food you’ve ever consumed, bar you’ve ever been to, pretty piece of grass you’ve ever seen…

    Moms don’t care about those things because we can’t afford to eat out, we don’t have the energy to go bar hopping and the only time we notice the grass is when we’re yelling at our husbands to mow it.

    Motherhood can be VERY lonely, especially in the early months. You go crazy without adult interaction. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter allow you to feel connected to the grown-up world even though you’re currently covered in mashed up banana, wearing baggy plaid pajama pants and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

    So if my FB “friend” wants to post that she’s doing laundry while eating a salad and watching her baby roll over for the first time (hooray!) then I’m not going to judge her for that!


  4. paulabernstein says:

    Of course, I’m all for moms using social media to stay sane — especially during the early months of motherhood, which can be very isolating. But I do think that people sometimes forget that Facebook is a public forum and that there are some things you might not want to discuss in public. That said, obviously, it’s up to you how you use social media. And yes, I can always hide you or unfriend you. To be fair, lots of non-parents post really private or inappropriate or just plain dull things on Facebook too–and I can (and do) hide them.

    I’m sure I have FB friends who are tired of seeing my self-promotional posts about my latest blog post, article, etc.

  5. bwsf says:

    Nah, potty training is way too bizzarre and lunacy-inducing and hilarious to not post about sometimes. I don’t like when the same mom posts on one of these subjects over and over and over and over and over, but otherwise I’m fine with it. I think most moms are fine with it.

  6. Jen says:

    Personally, I think that outside of the love life topic (which I won’t have to worry about, because I will die when my kids have a “love life” at all), it’s fair game.

    Bring on the diapers, snotty noses, and potty training. If I have to read about how some guy from high school got drunk last night (with accompanying pictures) or some girl I used to work with is mad at her cheating boyfriend again, it’s on. Delete me if you will, or use my stories as birth control. Whatev.

    As a Mom, it’s reassuring to read posts like that from other parents of young children. I often find myself saying, “I’m so glad someone else has kids that do that! I”m not alone!” Such a comfort.

  7. Presaida says:

    I don’t agree with this if your proud parent or new parent by all means, obviously your myfriend on fb n in real life I know ur kids ..we share experiences laughs at horrible things we can go through,granted nobody has to c poop or nothing like that but I have pic of wen my son came home my husband changed his diaper well attempted to n some how this Lil 7lb baby shot poop on his dads face wall everywhere my husband almost in tears completely hilarious …n I have video of first steps today ..I rather read what I can relate to other than “oh my back hurts”or “im so drunk Lego” <-like seriously ?! If its such a bore to read bout ppl kids its not hard to delete ppl on fb…simple as that

  8. Crystal says:

    OKAY!! I dont like this post… A lot of the women that post that kind of stuff on facebook are stay-at-home-moms, and like someone else said if WE stopped posting about stupid stuff like that we would have nothing to post, because those grouse things, and our kids doing well on something is our while lives!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I like most mom posts too. I don’t want to see (gross) pictures of your sick kid or their diaper. But I don’t mind hearing about it. I like to commiserate with other moms.
    My favorite thing that moms post? The cute things their kids say. Like my son said last night, “My pants all gone! I take someone else’s pants, they don’t need them. I fight them.” He is not yet 3. I love hearing things like this!

  10. Jesse says:

    I have groups. There’s a parents group, a fitness group, etc. and so on.

    I still update about my kid though. She’s my permanent +1. It would be weirder if I never mentioned her. Or if my friends really didn’t want to hear how she was doing sometimes.

    I like hearing that my friends are getting healthier. Or that their kids are getting good grades. Most of these things don’t bother me.

  11. Melissa says:

    Does anyone else hate all the slideshows on Babble? Or is that just me? Anyway I think everyone over shares on facebook whether it be a Mom or not. I personally don’t like hearing about people’s relationship problems or people complaining about their kids. Those are the two things I will hide/delete someone over.

  12. jess says:

    I personally know all my friends on Facebook, and all the parents share things aobut thier kids. It’s our way of communicating to each other and finding out how we are doing or what’s going on. It’s how I share with my family as well. I’ve gotten sick of some things people post- usually only because it’s always the same or it’s drama, drama, drama. But, hey soemtimes it’s good entertainment!!

  13. Amanda says:

    Potty training status updates are okay, but I don’t ever want to see a picture of your kid sitting on one. There are too many weirdos for that to be online.

  14. LB says:

    I have a friend who posts about her dog more than I post about my kid! This ind of stuff too… We went to the beach, he sniffed a dog’s butt in the park, he barked when the doorbell rang… ugh.

  15. Amy says:

    Honestly not one of these things bug me. I might get upset when people make overly vague or depressing posts repeatedly. Even then, it has to be several times a day before I ignore or defriend someone. It takes a lot more than poop, snot, bragging about grades and household chores to gross me out or irritate me.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Almost all of the people on my Facebook friends list are family and friends that I consider part of the family. While I am not going to be posting pictures of “exploding poops” my family really appreciates the updates on my baby. Most of my family live out of state and don’t get to see the little guy. Sorry if it is wrong to be proud of my baby, but he is my only child and we tried for 8 years to have him. So yes I did post when he peed in the potty three times in one week, and I think everything he does is the cutest and smartest thing any baby could ever do. I’m mom and I am biased.

  17. Jacqui says:

    To me it depends on the frequency and how the person posts it. For example, two of my cousins had babies in the last month. One has posted a few (like one every 2-3 days) comments about how the baby is doing, including some of the more “gross” details and pics of all of her kids.

    The other one? She posts 6-7 times a day about her new baby and older kids. I feel like I’m living in their house instead of living across the country and reading from FB!

    Seriously, none of those bother me (well, in picture form some would) in moderation. It’s the constant updates on the very same subject that bother me and it’s not limited to moms. A guy from high school last week was posting every hour about how he screwed up his relationship and missed his ex. That is much worse than reading about my friend’s 3 year old who just got potty trained because her parents (combined) only posted about it 3-4 times over the week or so it took for her to learn.

  18. PLowe says:

    Based on the title of this article I thought this piece would be informative with advice on what moms should avoid posting on facebook in order to keep her kids safe. You should re-title this article “7 things you already know shouldn’t be posted on facebook”. LAME!

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