Facebook helps us keep up with old friends, new friends, and mom friends. But as you scroll through those status updates about straight A’s, or yet another professional family photo where everyone looks magazine-perfect, don’t succumb to the temptation to feel less-than.
What you see on Facebook is what others want you to see—and it’s rarely an accurate reflection of their lives overall. No one posts about having to go meet with the school principal about behavior issues, uploads a picture of dirty kids playing in last year’s too-little t-shirt, or shows that pile of unfolded laundry on the living room sofa. And if you could see past the good news that others choose to share and celebrate, you would realize that every family has those moments and issues. We’re all more alike than you know.
So here are 4 Ways to Deal with Facebook Envy so you can put it aside and learn to be content. Likewise, help your child identify envy, jealousy and other feelings in themselves with our printable Feel Wheel. Post it on the fridge so your children (and you!) can simply point to what they’re experiencing.