I think that is commendable.
Well I do now, that is.
When my daughter was first born, I was so ecstatic about her arrival, I was ready to flood timelines the world over, and I kinda did. I even gave a classmate from college permission to use her as a model for her site (she is a photographer). It wasn't until my parents were uncomfortable that I even considered slowing down in the photographs. I don't agree with all of the things my parents used to do, but I was really struck by a statement my father made when I had her ears pierced.
He said, "You don't know if she wanted earrings. You should have let her make her own choice when she got older."
I honestly didn't see it that way. I was just making a cute baby even cuter in my eyes, but I decided he had made a broader point. Children are subjected to the highs and lows of whatever life their parents have, and have no control. What I took away from his statement was to be mindful of choices I am making on her behalf, even as it pertains to image. I get that there are pedophiles and kidnappers, but what about the voiceless child who has no control and no idea of the consequences?
I still post a picture ever so often, but I'm definitely not as enthusiastic as I once was.
*tips hat to Beyonce*
This is Realest Mother Dearest signing off. Stay tuned.