Negaunee, Michigan – May 10, 2019 – My little guy has been doing more things that show me how much older he is getting (no longer wanting to give kisses and hugs around friends).
Yet, he’s also still reminding me of how little he is (ahem, tantrums).
Your child’s growing personality is a funny, heartbreaking, scary, wonderful, beautiful, and adorable movie to watch.
Case in point: Holden and I went out of town last weekend. He was using my cell phone to play a game (15 minute game curfew!).
I just happened to glace back in the rear view mirror at the exact time he was taking selfies.
I wrote about this a little bit in a post earlier this week, but I thought I should go into detail a bit today.
It was super cute, and funny, too.
But it also made me a little sad. Kids are growing up too fast as it is.
And now more than ever, they are feeling the pressures of all things around them.
School, family, friends, extra-curricular activities, and so much more.
I largely believe the increase in pressure is due to electronics and social media taking over.
Now don’t get me wrong- social media and electronics in general are a great thing, and great things can be accomplished with them.
But social pressures are a negative side effect. Such as taking “perfect” pictures of yourself.
After a smile and a giggle and a comment about how cute I think he is, we had a conversation about it.
About how I loved his picture and I thought he did a great job of taking it.
Asking if I could post them on my blog and Facebook and how important asking permission is.
And then the conversation eased into how although the pictures and selfie taking is fun and cute, it is also important to remember how unimportant other people’s opinions of his photo are (and how as long as he likes it, that’s all that matters), internet safety, and confidence in general.
We talked for a long time.
I could go on and on the topics that I discussed with my 7 year old boy, but this article would be much too long.
It ended on a positive note, and I’m hopeful that I taught lessons and that they landed well on his young ears.
It seems to be that way.
As a mother, all you can do is your best, and pray it is enough.
He was all smiles afterward, though, so I believe it was.
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