Dear Mom… Future Letters from the Children of the Social Media Generation

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Dear Mom,

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work raising me.  You did a great job.  I’m sure that the fact that I lost the presidential race today had nothing to do with those embarrassing facebook posts you wrote about me in my teen years.  Sure, I know the media is saying that your words were the only reason I’m flying home to find a new career that doesn’t require any PR, but I just wanted to let you know I’m sure it’s not true.  If it is true, well… I love you anyway.

Your son,


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Hey, Mom! 

I just wanted to let you know I think you’re fantastic!  I just love all the blog posts about me.  You do a wonderful job writing about all the great things I’ve said – and done – and worn.  It seems the rest of the world doesn’t think I’m as great as we both know I am.  That’s OK.  I know you’re proud of me.  I’m pretty proud of myself.  Proud, proud, proud.  Yep, that’s us.  Hey, want to take way too many pictures of me and post them?  That’d be fun!

Your beautiful, charming daughter,

Why sign my name?  We know who I am!  The whole world knows who I am!

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Dear Ma,

Hey, I just wanted to thank you for those great naked baby pics you put on Pinterest.  That was fantastic.  Not only were they later posted in my high school (boy, was that a fun day), but my buddies here on the ship downloaded them last night and made flyers.  It’s fantastic!  Like high school all over again, but in the Navy.  Anyway, thanks, Ma!

Your son,

The red-faced-sailor

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Dear Mama,

You know that boy I was courting?  It seems that all the times you tweeted about your frustrations when I was young… well, you know what they say.  The internet is forever!  Apparently his dad knows how to use google.  Anyway, looks like I’ll be staying home a little longer.  Maybe you could start tweeting about my salvation and my new heart.  You know, something good…

Your daughter,


Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.  ~  James 3:5 

Do you set “rules” for yourself regarding how you mention your children and social media?  What are they?  Do you think it’s possible to gossip about your own kids?  Or does gossip only apply to talking about those outside your family?

Danika Cooley is a freelance children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., Pockets, Devozine, Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters

This post is linked to The Better Mom, A Mama’s Story, Raising Arrows , Make Life Meaningful , These Five of Mine Plus Two, What Joy is Mine and The Modest Mom Blog.

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.


  1. says

    I am fairly new to blogging and social media so this was very thought-provoking. I have been in the public eye before and it was mericless at times. I like the anonymity (sp?) that we can create while still writing deeply about what matters to us. Thanks for the post!

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