I’m not a Perfect Mom, I just play one on-line

Barbie MomI read an interesting article today called Beware of Mommy Instagramming and it got me thinking:

  • Why do I post pictures to Facebook and Instagram?  Do I do it to chronicle my life and my kids lives or do I do it to show off to my friends?  I think that I do it to chronicle my life and my kids lives, but I have to admit that I have a couple of times posted pictures to show off.
  • How real are the moments and how much of it is staged? All the moments I post are real, just like this one yesterday morning, with no makeup.  Although I do not stage my photos, I don’t post photos of my husband’s dirty socks or my kid’s dirty closets.

Social Media gives us a glimpse into our friend’s lives, but only what they choose to show.   I know that this is true and I have to always remember that when I am comparing my life to what I see on Facebook, that I am comparing my “Behind the Scenes” to their “Highlight Reel”.

Studies have proven that Facebook and other forms of social media can lead to depression and anxiety, including one earlier this year that found that one in three Facebook users felt worse after visiting the site.  I am not a perfect mom, right now I have loads of dirty clothes to wash and loads of clean clothes to put away, I am still at the office and have not made it home yet to see my family.  I hope that I don’t play a perfect mom on-line.  I just want to show my true life (maybe not all the messy stuff!).

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