In 2008, I wrote this post...
Today, a friend on Facebook discovered this photo in this post Buzzfeed: 15 Kids on Leashes, shocking the heck out of me. But what's interesting is not only that my daughter's image is used as a parenting "don't" (a year and a half after that post was published), but that they're using it in a way that's completely inaccurate -- she's not even leashed up. If you look closely, you'll see Lucy was wearing a monkey backpack, with no "leash" to be found. The photo was actually taken at home, about three seconds after I put the backpack on her, thinking she'd think it was funny... snapping a photo when she thought it was anything but.
As for the leash debate, I never did use that gift outside of letting Lucy pal around with her friend Monkey. But considering I don't parent anyone else's kids but my own, and that two out of my three are known to wander away like ninjas as quickly as it takes for me to stop and sneeze, I wouldn't consider telling anyone else whether they should use leash up their kids or not. I keep my colorist in business with my "OMG, where is my kid" panic (usually when my kid is actually right next to me, but that's a while other story).
The moral of the story? Don't be surprised when your personal stories and photos come back to haunt you. Who can forget when Babble used this photo of my daughter in a completely unrelated story. Do I have a right to complain? I mean I just used a couple of photos in my last post that weren't taken by me (although I had the decency to at least link to their image). Do I have a right to feel slighted by someone taking liberties in posting photos of my kids?
I mean come on, if anyone's going to exploit my kids, don't you think it should be me?
Update: I received this response from Buzzfeed on Twitter: Photo removed! Feel free to just shoot us an email if you need anything in future. We're usually quick to respond!