Rosebuds: OMG, I’m not that Facebook mom, am I?

By: Michelle Carl, Managing Editor
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Women in labor who post every time they gain a centimeter in dilation. Moms who go on expletive-laced tirades to defend their parenting skills. Pictures of baby poop.

These are all things parents do online, and they are posted to the website STFU, Parents.

I hadn’t heard of this site until I saw founder Blair Koenig on the Today show last week. The blog shames parents who “overshare” details from their children’s lives.

After cruising the site, I was stricken with terror – am I one of those over-sharing parents? I quickly did a survey of everything I’ve posted to Facebook AW (After Wesley). Only three prego pictures of me. Newborn photo to announce Wesley’s birth. One account of terror at 30,000 feet when I had to change a diaper on an airplane.

Not too bad, right? But I guess I keep my TMI in check.

I would hope that my friends on Facebook care enough about me to put up with dozens of cute pictures of my baby. But I also realize that there are certain subjects most of my Facebook friends are not going to want to know.

My husband started a new parents group on Facebook so we could share tips and resources with our other friends who are parents and actually care about nipple shields and sleep training. I guess that’s one way of making sure when you overshare, at least it’s to the right crowd.

Michelle Carl is the editor of the Roseville Press Tribune and Wesley's mom. Rosebuds is a blog about parenting and appears on Mondays.


What do you think? Is STFU, Parents a wake-up call for moms and dads or another internet bully?  Post a comment.