These questions are applicable to everyone – just substitute ”spouse/parents/family/friends/co-workers” for “kids”.
1. Do your kids know about your blog? If they’re too young to know, do you plan to keep it open to them as they get older?
Tacy knows; CJ is too young. I intend to leave it open to them, but as readers – not editors.
2. If so – do you worry they may get embarrassed later? What would you do if they asked you to stop writing about them? What would you do if they wanted you to take it down all together?
Right now Tacy is flattered to be featured on the Internet. I’m sure that some of what I’ve written would embarrass her a bit, but I do try to keep her feelings in mind when I write. For example, I have a story that I’d love to tell because it would illustrate just how LITTLE patience I have, but to tell it properly I would have to divulge details that would certainly hurt Tacy’s feelings. I’m not willing to do that.
I would be willing to stop writing specific tales of what they do and say, if they requested it. I will not stop writing about how I feel about them. And I will not stop writing entirely.
3. Do you think our kids will appreciate the archive of their childhood? Do you wish your parents had done the same?
I think my girls will appreciate the archive of their childhood. I’m not sure that they will appreciate an archive of their pre-adolescence and adolescence. Perhaps if I handle it with kid gloves it will be a good experience for all of us.
No. I don’t wish my parents had kept a diary of my childhood.
4. Do you go back and re-read your past parenting milestones? Do you realize you forgot a lot?
Before blogging, I wrote about Tacy’s milestones in her baby book and in a journal. Since blogging, I’ve relied on what I capture here to be as complete and accurate as possible. I know I’m missing a lot, but I can only hope that what I do record is meaningful.
5. What about your children’s friends/teachers/moms-of-friends? What if they found your blog? Do you tell your child not to tell anyone about it or are they free to talk about it? Do you worry their teachers or other parents will think it’s weird?
Hell, I talk about it. Yes, some people think it’s weird. Others are interested in reading it. I’m flattered when my famly, friends, and acquaintances read, but I’m not hurt if they don’t.
I never write anything that I wouldn’t say to someone’s face. That policy may be somewhat limiting, but it keeps me honest and free to share my blog with whomever I like.