And so came the request from my son that I was convinced would never befall this blog, yet one that I could not refuse.
I've been posting about our life for more than six years now, and photography is a major part of the content, specifically photographs of him. For many of those years, I ran the Project 365 photography linky, and his smiling face or sleeping form regularly appeared. I've even been a finalist for several photography blog awards!
However, I have been easing up over the past eighteen months or so because there was a little niggling feeling, a sixth sense if you will, that it wasn't quite right to keep sharing so many images without his permission.
Regardless of the fact that I rarely write anything embarrasing or personal, and photographs are always appropriate, there comes a time when bloggers (and parents in general for that matter) need to realise that we don't own our children; they are their own people with their own rights, and if my son doesn't want me to share an adorable photograph of him in a custard-stained vest with a chilled eye-mask over a headbump, then he has the right to request that of me. And it's my duty to respect his wishes; we cannot expect respect from our children if we don't give it in return.
So from now on, photos of him will appear on my blog or social media channels with his permission. It's a slightly upsetting turn of events for me as I've always just wanted to share my love for him, but my little man is growing up and deserves to have a say in how his digital footprint is created.
Have you ever considered this with your own children?