Writing About Your Kids? Set Some Limits

Some have age limits, others won't address certain topics
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 10:00 AM CDT
Most writers agree that when writing about your kids, the more privacy you afford them the better.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Writers can throw themselves head-first into the nasty, permanent archive that is the Internet—but what of their kids? Emily Bazelon polled writers for Slate and found that while details may differ, the general policy is, the more privacy the better. "The blog medium has a certain kind of immediacy, and a reciprocal surrendering of privacy, that we don't want in our lives forever,” says one writing dad.

Some wordsmiths will only use their kids’ “prehistory” as fodder—that period in their lives before they’re able to start talking and develop firm memories for themselves. For others, age isn’t the issue, but photos and names are always off limits, referring simply to “my child.” Still others run everything by a spousal sounding board. And a few vow to show pieces to their offspring before publication, once the kids are old enough.