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Monday, September 5, 2011

My kid's privacy

A while back I wrote a post on questioning when we share too much about ourselves, our children, or our family.

I still don't have all the answers. But, I have put a lot of thought into it.

I've limited the details of my son's journey with OCD, and I've refrained from sharing much more of than I already had. I will tell you he's made tremendous progress since early summer, and I couldn't be more proud of him. He's beating this thing hands down!!

God is good, and He has continued to keep His arms around our family through the last few months. There were times when it was pure hell. But, we on the road to recovery! In fact, we are in recovery! It's just a matter of continuing to educate ourselves, and our son, and continue with the treatment and therapy we've been working on.

Some of you might say that I have a right to write whatever I want. That I should share our stories about battling OCD because it may help someone else. But, the truth is, since I wrote that post, I've talked to my oldest about how he feels about me sharing some of his story on here.

He was dead set against it. I respect that. It's his story to share. He should be able to do it when he's ready, on his own terms, in his own space. Later on he agreed to let me share certain things after he has a chance to read the post. I will actually even let him read this post before I hit publish.

He's a young man, and should be treated as such. If I don't treat him with respect, how can I expect him to respect me or even himself? He's his own person, and I never want to invade his privacy. I know there's so many things I want to write about our journey, but it will be something I do with his blessing. Maybe in the future, it's even something we can do together.

In the meantime, I will respect my kid's privacy.

(There was a gorgeous picture of the back of his head here that didn't make the cut. "Mom! You can totally tell who I am!")

4 Comments:

At September 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

Oh MAN! I am so totally with you!!! I'm so scared that someday my kids are going to wake up and be totally ticked at me because when I started my blog I really didn't think about that stuff. You know.. their names, etc. I didn't think I would like it as much. (in fact... it was private for awhile.) *sigh* I will just save for their college / therapy fund. Because they are 3 now and can't really understand that their business is out there.
Kristen @ www.alittlesomethingforme.com

 
At September 5, 2011 at 11:00 PM , Blogger becca said...

you rock i'm sure one day my son will hate me for all the stories i told about him but then again maybe he will love the fact that i logged them down somewhere for him to look back on. who know but personally i think you rock for listening to your kid

 
At September 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

I hear ya. I waver on how much of what Ahna and I deal with should be shared. It's definitely a tough choice. She hasn't expressed too much concern with the things i have shared, but if one day she does, I will definitely shift gears.

So glad you're all on the road to wellness. God IS good. All the time.

 
At September 6, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Diane said...

So glad to hear he is beating it. God is always good.

And you're a great mom!

 

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