You know that phrase on your car’s rear view mirrors? “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” That’s how I feel about parenting on Facebook and Instagram. Status updates and pictures posted on Instagram are not always what they appear… News feeds on Facebook profiles everywhere are cluttered with status updates by parents proclaiming,
“Annabelle ate an entire plate of kale for dinner! And asked for more for dessert!!”
and, my all time favorite-
“Lucas slept 12 hours straight last night!! At only 3 weeks!! Love HIM!”
You know the culprits. You have just spent a sleepless night with your kid waking up every two hours demanding to be fed, held, or rocked and that second cup of coffee has about the same effect as throwing a match into a bonfire. Or, you spent the better part of the dinner hour begging, pleading, and bribing your kid with toys JUST to eat a plate of dinosaur chicken nuggets. Guess what? THAT is real life. And it’s real life to your other over-sharing mom and dad friends on facebook and instagram who are constantly praising their perfect children. They just choose to gloss over the temper tantrums, thrown food, and 2:00 in the morning parties going on in their kid’s crib.