Facebook is the New Brag Book

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After a very realistic dental appointment (a.k.a. screaming toddler), From Meredith to Mommy sunk into a funk after her Facebook stream filled with status update after status update of friend's children, smiling as they sit in the dentist's chair. While she rationally knows that Facebook is the highlights reel from everyone's life, it's still frustrating to face the evidence of stress-free dental visits after a draining one.  So she didn't post anything at all.  But then she remembered a story of why we should post the good, the bad, and the ugly.

My friend told me she was in shock. She'd been following Facebook baby pictures for months and never got any indication that her friend's early days of motherhood had been anything but ideal. Smiles, rolling over, playgym pictures....yes. Complaints? None. She was sure that her friend was sailing through those newborn days, while she was bogged down in blowout diapers and infant reflux.

She told her this and her friend replied,

"Why would I post those moments? I'm just glad they're over!"

Please read From Meredith to Mommy's post in full, and tell us: do you curate your Facebook status feed like an old-fashioned brag book in order to only capture the good, funny, or sweet memories, or do you let it all hang out?


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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.


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