Family life is never as neat and perfect as it is packaged up to be. What you see from the other side of the fence, as an outsider looking in, is not the messiness and chaos, for the most part. In fact, a good family struggles to overcome circumstances and situations and hopefully, can struggle together and make it through tough times better for it all. Presenting wholeness is presenting hope and faith and positive outlooks.
Airing dirty laundry? Shoot, with closed windows and the demise of the clothesline, it isn't even metaphorical anymore. I used to be that no one aired anything publicly or privately. Then it was "let everything hang out." Reality shows? Even those are edited.
The picket fence for bloggers and teenagers is an interesting question, as far as boundaries go. For me, I choose to keep my family and their matters mostly all private. New York magazine has an article about students at Horace Mann in NYC, how they posted derogatory things about teachers on Facebook, how teachers discovered them and confronted the issue and how the whole affair sorted out. The student who was responsible for the comments is now Student President and teachers have been forced to resign for invading the Facebook territory. The letters this week to the magazine about the article are evident of the hot buttons being pushed with schools under pressure to get students into top colleges, the ability of teachers and administrators to discipline students and the issues of boundaries and privacy with public postings on Facebook.
As mothers we have a job to protect our children and our family and that instinct runs deep. Children are growing up in a different world. How this sorts out, I wonder.