How Much Is Your Baby Worth?
When it comes to pictures of your kids, how much is too much?
According to Star magazine, a highly reputable source, the Kardashian sisters—Kim and Kourtney—are hashing it out over whose baby is worth more:
“‘North West is already commanding six figures, thanks to a $500,000 offer for photos of her first birthday party.’ Apparently, Kourtney is ‘green with envy‘ that Mason [Disick] and Penelope [Disick] don’t command that kind of interest, with the source adding, ‘When Kim told Kourtney about the offer, Kourt got insanely jealous. Mason’s fourth birthday is on December 14, and no one wants to pay more than $15,000 for the exclusive photos of his party.’”
It would be easy to disregard this piece of gossip as the Kardasians being greedy baby pimpers, but as someone who blogs and writes for a living, the report gave me pause: Where is the line? If I write an article and feature pictures of my kids (and I do) am I just as guilty of pimping my children as a Kardashian with my only saving grace being that I’m just not as lucrative? In a world of mom blogs and baby blogs, of baby bumps on Instagram and monthly baby photos on Facebook, when does sharing photos of your children become less about sharing joyous moments and more about pimping out your minor children?
Many parents have had their children work as child actors or models without cries of exploitation or having their kids grow up into a serial killer or worse, Tori Spelling. In fact, recently The Toast featured an interview with the mother of a baby model, who made the whole situation seem above board. But, of course, there is the darker side: Kardashian’s selling out their precious moments just for a few thousand extra dollars.
It is easy to point fingers at famous people, but in an era of internet over exposure, aren’t we all a little guilty? So where do we draw the line? How do we know when we are treating pictures of our children with respect or pimping them out?
My husband and I have had numerous conversations about this very topic and among the things we’ve decided is that as our children grow older, pictures of them on the internet will decline. When they say “no” to a photo, we don’t force it. And we have rules about things that we don’t share—pictures of potty training, baths, running around the house yelling “nudey booty!” And a significant portion of what I earn goes to their college savings. Of course, this list isn’t complete, some of our boundaries are private and will change and grow as our children do. I’m not sure this is the right way, but it is our way. I don’t know if this makes me worse or better than the Kardashians.
But in an age of over sharing, how do we keep from crossing the line into profiteering is a question I think all parents should keep in mind before we hit the “post” button. Ultimately, in this modern era, viewing our children as children and not outlets for our own hopes, dreams and dollar signs, is the first and most important rule of parenting.
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN