When I did 31 posts on young marriage last year, I shared about social media, my marriage, and what I won’t post. I’ve revisited this multiple times as a reminder. I believe it is damaging to our relationships to overshare online (and in person), and it’s just plain awkward for the rest of us to watch.
I’m now starting to consider social media, my children, and what I won’t post. I’ve observed different ends of the spectrum. I’m hoping to find a balance between encouraging others with my personal experiences and protecting the integrity of my children’s stories. It’s going to be hard. And I’m certain it will be always evolving. (Recommendations for how to do this, moms?)
Brené Brown shares her own more general take on how not to overshare in Daring Greatly. I made it a note on my cell phone to revisit when questioning myself.
How to not overshare:
+ Only share what you’ve worked through and feel you can share from “solid ground.”
+ Share parts of yourself to “teach or move a process forward” but disclosing information to work through your personal stuff is inappropriate.
+ Only share when you have no unmet needs you’re trying to fill by sharing.
[source: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown]
What is your rule of thumb for what to say — on social media or in person — and what not to say?
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