Should Moms ‘S.T.F.U’ and Stop Over-Sharing Online?
- October 5, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
A Brooklyn, New York woman with no children has come forward as the face behind the popular website “S.T.F.U. Parents,” which lambasts parental over-sharing on social media sites like Facebook. But is it the Facebook parents who post about everything from pregnancy to potty training who are crossing a line, or is this woman Blair Koenig the one going too far with her blog?
Look, we’ve all seen it. There are parents that share every moment of their waking lives with their kids on social media, from the big to the small to the frankly gross. It’s too much.
However, there is also a lot of advice swapping and sharing and commiserating within the parental community that is comforting and helpful. Being a parent, especially a new parent, can be a very isolating time and this can be a way to connect and reach out. To mock these parenting stories and take them out of context is to me what makes this blog mean-spirited.
I myself shared a very personal story here on CloudMom about a poop accident one of my sons had. No detail, no photos — but I was trying to make a point about something I’d done wrong as a parent, to impart something to other people who might be going through the same thing and elicit their thoughts.
Check out my interview on this topic below and let me know what you think in the comments! Has “over-sharenting” gone too far?