Facebook Perfect on HuffPost

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I’ve read several posts and status updates over the past few weeks that reference parents engaging in “Fakebooking”.  Fakebooking, if you’re new to the concept, seems to involve a misrepresentation – or only showcasing the very best parenting moments of the day.  You know, the perfect pictures of the siblings holding hands or the delicious cookies made from scratch – with three kids under 5.  Some moms think that it’s not real.  Real parenting involves explosive poop, screaming fits, and a recipe that didn’t work out quite right.

We all know that parenting is hard work.  And those days full of parenting fails happen.  That’s why I think it’s good to head to Facebook to get or give a virtual high five for a parenting win.  Does showcasing the good have to point toward bragging and competition?  Or could it simply be that moms like to get a little lift at the end of a long day of parenting?

I say focus on the positive.  I’m over at HuffPost Parents with more on “Facebook Perfect Parenting”.  Won’t you stop by and leave your thoughts?

See you there!

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes freelance for Everyday Family and allParenting, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.


  1. I completely agree. I gave up Facebook for Lent, and now that I’m away I do not miss the negativity or complaining. I do, however, miss the positive updates from my friends. As a matter of fact, I refuse to post anything negative on FB or Twitter.

    Just found your blog today. Loving it. Just followed you on Twitter, too.

    • I’m so jealous! I really considered that, but with my freelance work I have a certain commitment to use social media. I have, however, returned to tech free weekends and I couldn’t be happier. I feel the same as you – I miss the cute pictures and positive comments – but NOT the rest! Sheesh! It can be negative out there in Facebook world! Thanks for following – looking forward to getting to know you :)
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