Friday, May 28, 2010

Writing with censors

I know it seems as if I've abandoned this space. In my mind, I have not. Issues come up every day about my role as parent, and I want to write about them - I frame them in my mind, give them a headline, explore the arc of the story, think about my grand conclusions.

There's a problem. It's very hard to write about parenting and your children when your children read every word you write.

On the one hand, it's probably better that I can no longer talk about them behind their backs. That's a bit rude, don't you think? We teach them not to do it to their friends, and yet there wouldn't be mommy bloggers without children to write about.

On the other hand, it has removed a certain sense of freedom I once had (stupid and misguided, I now realize) to explore all the parenting issues in my life in public. I don't want to have to ask permission to write about the things my boys and I are facing together, and yet it seems necessary - because they're sure to find out at some point.

I wonder how other mommy bloggers handle this once their kids are old enough to follow their blogs? If you're out there, mommy bloggers, do tell.