Parents get cold shoulder on Facebook
Children just don't understand - at least mine don't. They're not thrilled that Mom is on Facebook. They refuse to add me as their friend.
To add insult to injury, I've learned that Facebook has groups for kids like mine. The names suggest cartels: "For the love of God - don't let parents join Facebook" and "Don't let my parents on Facebook!!!" The first group boasts more than 6,200 members. The second group has nearly 3,300 members and counting. A search reveals even more anti-parent groups. Some have names in Spanish and French. It's depressing.
My kids have no intentions of adding Mom as a friend. I won't embarrass myself by begging or yelling. Nor will I offer bribes.
I am thrilled that my stepdaughter, whom I recently contacted via Facebook, responded with a warm message. This college student even sent me her cell phone number and invited me to call. She doesn't realize how much she made my day.
I'm able to get on her site, look at her photos, and see that she's made more than 600 friends. She's attending college in Washington, DC and is interning for a well-known political organization. I smiled as I looked at photos of my stepdaughter with politicians. She's a sociology and pre-law major. I think she's headed to law school.
Maybe my stepdaughter let me into her Facebook life because she doesn't live with me. Or perhaps she was being polite. The reason really doesn't matter. It's just nice to finally be accepted.
Tags: Facebook, Social Media, Media by Sistrunk