How much information do you share as a proud parent? Do you tell friends and colleagues of the many accomplishments of your children. With the world of Facebook, we see varying levels of sharing, sometimes oversharing. The question then becomes-how much is enough?
Relaying an accomplishment or discussing a recent event as a means of maintaining a conversation happens on a regular basis. There is “kvelling” when someone asks for an update. (According to google the definition for the Yiddish word kvell-feel happy and proud.) There is sharing a story because it was too funny, cute, outrageous, etc. that one knows others would love to hear it. And there is the more obvious answer to the question “How are the kids?”
As someone who hears stories all day long as part of my work, I can tell you that there is a wide range of sharing. Yet in the end, we are all proud of our children. They are a reflection of us. Sometimes we are bursting with pride and sometimes we struggle to see the value of the experience and wonder if the story is worth telling. As you share with a wide audience, remember that each moment is just that, a moment. Share or reflect it is your choice.
For more on the topic of struggling instead of sharing, check out this post.