I was pretty lucky once. My teen didn’t care much for social media, outside of his little gaming groups and I didn’t have much to concern myself with. Then the other day he pops up on Facebook and says, “Hi Mom!” and I had a heart attack. There he was with a profile, starting to add friends and I had all these flashbacks of the bygone days of him thinking Facebook was a ridiculous medium and I didn’t have to worry about strange personality changes that I’d seen come over my teen nieces and nephews. So of course I said, “Go away!”
Okay, no I didn’t. I miss him and he’s still in Colorado for 5 more days. I’m sure he misses everyone and that’s why he created the Facebook account, so he could keep up with all his cousins. At least he thought to add me to his friends instead of being embarrassed by me and/or hiding his account so he could say nasty things about us making him do the dishes. Small things to be thankful for!
Now my oldest is going off to High-School and adding people on Facebook. He turns 15 in a few more months and will be getting a permit, thinking about jobs and probably getting over his idea that girls are too time consuming. It just makes me feel time, like a solid form on my chest holding down my heart.
How did you feel when your kids got into social media? Any advice?