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Parents, quit exploiting your kids for your own social media status!

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 January 2018

I saw a headline on some site, “Little girl crumbles in cookie meltdown.” I didn’t click through, but I suspect it’s a video some parent took of a kid throwing a fit because she didn’t get a cookie.

This is Very Bad Parenting. And incredibly short sighted.

“Oh, look, darling, this is when you were three and we made 157,000 people laugh at you because you had a temper tantrum.”

2018-01-08  »  Greg Krehbiel

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  1. William
    9 January 2018 @ 1:59 am

    If you didn’t look at the video, how can you legitimately accuse the parents of bad parenting?

    Generally, I agree with your notion. Yet, it seems you might be overstating the case a bit. Some kid moments are genuinely funny and it won’t scar them for life by sharing them on social media. Of course, the sharing should be done with discretion and the well-being of the child in mind.

    What’s troublesome is when parents purposely set up situations to “appear” coincidental (but really aren’t), just to get likes or hits. That’s why I stopped watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos” eons ago. When it started, they seemed to capture genuinely candid, funny family moments. Yet, once it became popular, people started doing stupid, contrived “stunts” just to win or get noticed (sometimes sustaining real bodily injury in the process).

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