Moms on Instagram

Instagram continues to gain popularity in the New Year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.  While the idea of posting “of the moment” photos draws people from all walks of life, Instagram has become a real favorite among moms.

Moms post everything from selfies with the kids to artwork in the kitchen to their little fashionista’s newest duds. Unfortunately, sometimes the excitement of sharing big moments or capturing funny photos makes everyone quick on the trigger, resulting in the posting of inappropriate pictures.  Such was the case with Madonna, who posted a picture of her 13-year-old son and his friends holding liquor bottles, captioned “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.” Soon after the mother of four posted the image, there was a flurry of comments both shaming and defending her, mostly from other moms.

Here’s where we need to pump the breaks and remind ourselves that we are sharing our lives with the world and in doing so we open ourselves up for comments, both negative and positive, from other moms, family, employers, etc. While the picture was meant to be lighthearted, it does raise a few questions.

Is there a line that should be drawn when posting pictures or do you believe that the content you post is relevant and helps represent you and your family? Are moms, in particular, oversharing on Instagram? Are they judged harsher than other groups online?