I can’t be the only one who rolls her eyes at those bragging facebook statuses.
- Yay, little Princess had 100s across the board on her report card!!! We’re so proud of you, Princess!!!! (of course, Princess is too young to be on facebook and read it)
- Prince’s soccer team won again today, 10-0 and he scored every goal! Proud that the team’s best soccer player is my son!!! (usually accompanied by tagging the parents of kids on Prince’s soccer team)
Ugh, ugh, ugh. It goes on and on. Everything from babies who must be geniuses because they rolled over to high schoolers who are the most perfect teen ever.
Now, look. Some of it really and truly is worth all the fuss and it’s hard to contain that excitement. And maybe those moms post that stuff so their family can see and know what is going on.
Other times I wonder who exactly those moms are trying to impress… especially when they take an accomplishment and make it seem like it’s so much more important than it actually is (like Yay, SpecialSnowflake got a ribbon for the race at school today!!! when your kid goes to the same school and guess what? Every kid got that same participation ribbon).
I know, I know: keep scrolling, just ignore, it’s not a big deal.
And it’s really not. That’s what that “hide” button is for on facebook, right?
But, I’ve now become bragging-jaded and hesitate to post those my kids are awesome moments when they occur. Well, my kids have awesome moments all the time, but I mean those ones that are worthy of shouting it from the rooftops because I don’t want to be one of those moms.
Like finding out that my first grader is in the top of the four spelling groups in his class and how on his last report card, his teacher said that he has already met the end of the year benchmarks in almost all of his subjects when he only needs to be at the halfway point.
That’s really awesome stuff, right?
Especially when you consider that this is the same child who, not all that long ago, wouldn’t have even been given a spelling list at all and was working below grade level in every single subject. So, it was more the celebration that things turned around for him and he’s doing so well that made me want to tell everyone and anyone about it. I wrote a lot about his struggles here, so why not the successes?
So maybe I should cut those bragging moms some slack, too. Maybe they are bragging about their child’s sports skills because they never even knew if their child would be able to walk. Maybe they are bragging on grades because of a former struggle. Maybe they are bragging about friends because their child used to be bullied. Maybe. It’s possible.
I might need to stop rolling my eyes so much. (Notice I said “so much” and not “entirely.” Some of those statuses will still make me shake my head at those moms.)
Last Week’s Pour Your Heart Out Highlights
- Thank You from Green Eyed Country Girl: a reminder that a blog comment can be powerful.
- On Being Invisible from The White House: once we become moms and as we get older, do we lose ourselves and become invisible?
- Goodbye, Dr. Seuss from Momfeld: letting go of those things that were once a huge part of our kids’ childhoods.
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