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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Psychologists Rebecca Schrag Hershberg and Daniel T. Willingham: What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore "the wrong way"? Increasingly, the answer is "snap a photo, add a snarky caption and upload it to Instagram." Publicly laughing at your toddler's distress has somehow become not only acceptable but encouraged. ... If you must tell someone about your kid falling apart because you are "very bad at making lassos," tell a family member or close friend. You can joke about your mom (but I can't) because teasing entails trust; you are secure enough in your love that you can joke about sensitive things. Strangers on the internet don't love your child.

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... Strangers on the internet don't love your child. ...

For what was for me, an eye-opener, use te search engine of your preference and look for thigns like, "why shouldn't I post pictures of my kids on social media."

There are a lot of not-well people out there.

For example, someone will take the picture of your kid and "adopt" it, i.e., post it to their account with a new name, location and other personal details. Then the search engines pick it up... (and hopefully, the picture is the only thing that is "adopted.")


I really think we do not yet have this social media thing down yet.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 02:56 PM | Reply

I made some guy meltdown pretty hard by making fun of a picture of his kid that he posted on the Ween Forum years ago. It was pretty hilarious for everyone involved except for the guy with the funny looking kid. He didn't post pics of his kid anymore though.

#2 | Posted by qcp at 2019-08-22 03:40 PM | Reply

What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore "the wrong way"?

My kids tried me like that a couple of times. A 1/4-inch wooden dowel across the rear end just a couple of times will cure it.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-22 08:13 PM | Reply

@#3 ... What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore "the wrong way"? ...

Suggestion #1 - don't post the event on social media.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 08:24 PM | Reply

Suggestion #1 - don't post the event on social media.
#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2019-08-22 08:24 PM | FLAG:

Of course, that's what a parent SHOULDNT do.

The question posed was, what SHOULD a parent do.

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-22 08:41 PM | Reply

@# ... The question posed was, what SHOULD a parent do. ...

There is tons of information and advice written by those who are qualified to answer that question. If you have a two-year-old, you've probably read at least one or two of the articles.

If you haven't, I'd suggest having a nice sit-down with your child's pediatrician.

Until you do that, I'll repeat...

Suggestion #1 - don't post the event on social media.

:)


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-22 08:49 PM | Reply

#6

I raised 3 boys. We didn't have social media but I wouldn't have posted if we did. In fact, when they were little the closest thing we had was Prodigy dialup internet service. I'm proud of my boys. Now 28, 26 and 23. All grew up to be respectable men.

I can't say one size fits all because of the differences within my own three. I didn't have much to go on except what my dad did with me. I always loved and respected my dad even though he tanned my rear end a few times.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-22 09:21 PM | Reply

Remove the child's fingernails with pliers

And don't EVER post pictures of your child anywhere I can see the beast

#8 | Posted by RevDarko at 2019-08-23 09:59 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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