Notes to Self: Daily Reminders

  • Overlook it. If you can't overlook it, forgive it.
  • It's their life.
  • If they want advice, they'll ask for it.
  • Keep up your own interests.
  • Be enthusiastic. It beats being critical.
  • It's better to be liked than right.
  • Let them treat you to something.
  • Keep good-housekeeping tips to yourself


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November 04, 2013


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For adult children everywhere, THANK YOU for refraining!

I've tried to keep an impermeable barrier between social networks - professional connections on LinkedIn, friends on Facebook - but I work in the arts where these lines inevitably blur. Therefore it was more than just socially embarrassing when my mother recently shared a joke about menstruation with a comment that she "hoped I was feeling better!"

She and I have had many conversations about this sort of thing. I'm sharing your etiquette tips in a last ditch effort to stop the madness - I don't want to have to block my own mother!


it is so tempting for us [parents of grown children] to want to be part of the social media conversation that our adult children are having. But we need to edit ourselves--as your experience reaffirms. Thanks for sharing.

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