The family columnist

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  ~Stacia Tauscher

Relying on our kids to provide column fodder is hardly new. Today there are countless “mommy blogs” and family sites online. But it was fun to reminisce about my own column-writing days in a new Home Forum essay for The Christian Science Monitor. I approached the piece with a light hand — but some heavier issues lurk between the lines. How much ink is appropriate to give our kids? How do we know if we’ve overstepped our boundaries or violated their privacy? Please click here to read the new essay. –CL

6 thoughts on “The family columnist

  1. Wonderful photo and oh yes I know that push-pull. Whose life is it anyway and who’s got rights to the story! treading carefully might not sell newspapers but it sure won’t play havoc with your most cherished relationships.

  2. I must admit that I am guilty of this. I worried so much when they were young, and usually with good reason!
    But today, as our girls turn 31 and 21, I have to say, I love who they have become 🙂

    Can you hear my sigh of relief?

    • Bridgette, knowing you, I am pretty sure what you wrote about your girls was pretty “tame” compared with what I’ve reading in countless mommy blogs over the past 10 yrs. Some writers will stop at nothing to get readership and attention — while their poor kids melt in the spotlight.

      That said, as I noted in the CS Monitor essay, even the cute little family anecdotes can be a source of embarrassment for a child. Like you, I am relieved that my son has grown up relatively “undamaged” … and I owe him a debt of gratitude for his patience and good sportsmanship 🙂

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