Saturday, April 30, 2005

Who's Who?

When I started this weblog, my wife requested that I not mention the kids' names, post photos of them or mention other things that could make them easily identifiable. Even though I thought it highly improbable, it was obviously not impossible for somebody to gather such information online with the intent to harm the kids. So, I agreed. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

However, when you frequently write about your family, not using names makes things a bit awkward. The repetitive use of nouns like "son" and "daughter" simply gets tedious, and there are instances where such words just don't seem to fit with what I want to write. I have also tried using the standard conventions of some parenting listservs. Things like:
DD4 = Dear Daughter (4 years old)
DS3 = Dear Son (3 years old)
DW = Dear Wife
But they seem cumbersome to me as well. So, what to do? I thought about just making up new names specifically for online use, or maybe using nicknames or something like that. What do you think? How do you handle it, if you write about your family (especially your kids)? Or am I just blowing this whole thing out of proportion?

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