I love sharing stories, pictures, and adventures with everyone in our life and I’m confident that we will be just as excited for our newest adventure into parenthood!

 

But as I pick stories to share I ask Dave first if he is comfortable sharing those details and if he says no then I don’t share them.

 

Early on our children won’t have the ability to say yes or no and while I love sharing a great story I need to respect our child’s privacy early on so THEY can share THEIR STORIES with those they feel comfortable.

 

I’m thankful I grew up before Facebook because I don’t have to worry too much about my family photo album (with descriptions) winding up with complete strangers, employers, or even with my husband to be!

 

When Dave and I were dating my dad threatened to pull out my most embarrassing photos when he was first going to meet Dave 14 years ago. I’m glad that dad never figured out mom’s simple photo album strategy and that I was saved from embarrassment on that first meeting.

 

For Our Kids

 

As we navigate the trenches of parenthood we ask that those in our inner circle DO NOT post pictures of our children online.

 

You can share what we posted already, but please don’t share your own pictures of our kids and please keep anything sent to you in a personal text, group email, or private website to yourself.

 

I mean if you’re swapping stories with your friends in person and want to show a text? Go for it!

 

Showing off pictures to a neighbor? Great!

 

Hitting the share button on our Facebook post so your friends can see it? Sure!

 

Posting about our kid’s birth weigh, length, and full name, even if you’re commenting on one of our posts? Not acceptable.

 

We want our kid’s pictures and information to be private, not shared with the world to meme, harass, or otherwise make fun of or use to harm them in any way.

 

Not only do we want to protect our kids from embarrassment, but we also want to try an limit access to their personal details for example…It seems crazy that the personal details I use to login to my banking information, like name and birthdate are details that are being shared so openly in the excitement of a new baby being born.

 

It’s also crazy to me that I can easily look back to the first day of school and see posts with kids full names, approximate ages, their school, and a picture of what they look like today.

 

While we can’t prevent every criminal or creep from having access to our children… we can make an effort to have the information less accessible.

 

So what about the parents who love to share? Well, first of all, I LOVE seeing that kids and parents come in all shapes, sizes, and sass levels.

 

Your stories help me remember that life is most beautiful when it’s a little bit messy and that family comes from loving each other and laughing with one another.

 

So here are our social media rules for our future Nerd babies…

 

* We do NOT give permission for ANY photos, stories, personal details, or announcements of our children to be put online.

You are welcome to hit the share button on anything we share on social media, but personal pictures (yours or ours) and private details of our kid’s life that you are trusted with are meant for you, the family and friends we want our children to know.

Please understand that legally we have the right to choose what is shared about our kids and we require permission first.

 

* Dave and I pledge to carefully choose the information we share about our children online and we will work to protect their stories even if it’s uncomfortable at times because as parents it’s our job to choose our values and do what we think is best for our kids.

 

* Because I’m the momma and because I said so! <- I’ve always wanted to say that!

 

Thank you for respecting our wishes and thank you for being here on this journey with us!

 

Laura