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Why I Am Not a Therapist, Reason #596

The Mortification of My Munchkin.. and ME

I?  Am probably the perfect example of why kids don’t want their Parents as their Facebook friend.  And if she weren’t a minor and if her FB account wasn’t actually MINE that she’s allowed to use?  I’m pretty sure she’d block me from seeing certain things like I’ve done in the past with my Mom, LOL… Buuut, she IS a middle-schooler & so?  She.Can’t.   Which is why, when I see something on her FB page that I don’t like?  I don’t yell, get mad, or pull it immediately.  I go a much more fun, yet possibly psychologically scarring, route… I comment on it.  I share.  And she?  Is mortified.

Today, it was over a picture.  Now, technically, she didn’t do anything WRONG.  She’s clothed, she’s not overly made up, but.. I don’t like it.  I know her well enough to know the look she’s throwing out is actually, “I? Am Rockstar Awesome.”  But, if you DIDN’T know her well enough?  Her photo had something of a ‘come hither look’ (1) – it just looked too grown up for my parental preference.

What makes me laugh is that she was mortified when she thought I was going to put it on my wall – she said it would be embarrassing for to have everyone see it.  “Why?”  I asked her… a couple of times; it took her a minute to think through it.  “Because, I don’t like it – I like being 12 and that didn’t make me look my age. I wouldn’t want your friends to see that.”  When I pointed out that a bunch of my friends had already seen it because they were friends with her on FB, too?  You could see the “Whoops” moment flash across her face.  Again, the picture?  Wasn’t indecent; it was okay – but, it was a good reminder that it’s easy to forget that there’s often more eyes than what we might have intended looking at what we do, say, and in today’s hyper-connected world?  Post.  And while my sweet girl is likely going to want to kill me for posting this?  It’s not a bad reminder for us adults, either. (2)

(1) According to her new ‘Auntie Meghan’ :p – very well phrased, I say.

(2) And reason #597 that I’m probably going to have to pay for her therapy one day since I’m NOT a therapist.

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