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Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

“I’ve counseled hundreds of victims of gaslighting. Here’s how to spot if you’re being gaslighted.”

“Does it ever seem like you’re invited to an awful lot of summer birthday gatherings? For good reason. In the United States, most births occur between June and early November. Count back nine months, and you’ll see that places most conceptions in the fall and winter.”

In other words, ‘Tis the season!

Surprise DNA Results Are Turning Customer-Service Reps Into Therapists

The Year in Pictures

This article was interesting and pretty sad, too: The 2-year-old Instagram influencers who make more than you. I do post pics of my kids on instagram and a little bit here on DW, but I’ve never accepted money for branded content or images featuring my kids. I don’t do branded content, in general, and I never, ever would if the content included images of my kids, at least at the ages they are now. They’d have to be old enough to consent (and understand what they’re consenting to). One day, I may look back and feel regret at the amount I’ve exposed my children online, which is relatively little considering, and I am always thinking about and re-evaluating my own rules around their privacy and what feels most appropriate. What about you? Would you ever sell images of your kids on social media? What if you could make tens of thousands of dollars (as many top kid influencers make) and sock that away for their education, etc.? Does that justify it?

Why relationships break down over Christmas, from badly-chosen presents to family pressures

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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  • SpaceySteph December 21, 2018, 2:27 pm

    I hardcore judge friends who put their kids in modeling or pageant type roles. Especially the ones who are like “go to this site and vote for my kid!” Nope.

    We have a Tiny Beans account, which is a place to share photos that only people you invite to your specific journal can see your stuff. I suppose anything is hackable, but aside from that its much less exposure than even facebook (where friends of friends and cambridge analytica are all up in your stuff). All our relatives live far away so this way they can see regular updates, and I think posting stuff on that site scratches my itch for putting my kid on social media because I basically never post her pic anywhere else.

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