Actress and new mom Danielle Fishel doesn’t want to “sharent.” The Boy Meets World star recently announced the decision to shield her two-month-old son Adler’s face in social media posts, and here’s why.
In a recent Instagram post, Fishel explained her and hubby Jensen Karp’s decision, “We are two people who made a conscious choice to be in the public eye and share what would normally be private moments with the public. Adler isn’t capable of making that choice for himself and until he is, we’ve decided to shield him from places where strangers can comment on him.”
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Woof. Lotta people with questions about why I chose not to share my baby's face on my last post. Currently, @jensenkarp and I have chosen to keep Adler's face off our social media pages. We are two people who made a conscious choice to be in the public eye and share what would normally be private moments with the public. Adler isn't capable of making that choice for himself and until he is, we've decided to shield him from places where strangers can comment on him. It wasn't an easy decision for us. We both love social media and sharing special moments in our lives. I also don't have any issue posting a picture of me in a men's bathrobe with a rice eye patch that's healing a stye on my eye but that's MY choice. The truth is, choosing not to post pictures of him kinda sucks. I wanna show you my baby every day. He's cuter than this 👼 but I worry about a couple things. 1. His safety. There are weirdos out there. Enough said. 2. Putting pictures and facts about him onto the internet that he doesn't have any say in. I'd like for him to be able to curate his own footprint on the internet in the future without being mortified we posted about his his fear of swimming or his first crush. With that said, I look at people like Chrissy Teigen and I *love* how she posts about her kids and I respect her decision. It makes me think I can/should do the same thing. But then I see Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd and I respect and understand their decision too! Also, not posting any pictures of his face does put a bit of a paparazzi bounty on him because someone will want the first image. (Maybe we allow someone to have pictures of him once and then keep him private from then on? Idk.) In the end, @jensenkarp and I had to make a decision about what we felt comfortable posting and for now (at least) we have chosen to not post his face. But I'm also not going to not post a beautiful picture of one of my best friends holding my baby for the first time because seeing an emoji over his face ticks you off. I'm sorry if that offends you but we're doing the best we can and it's hard. Being a parent and making decisions for your kid is tough. Fyi, dogs are easier. 🐶❤️
Fishel isn’t exactly the first person in the spotlight to keep their kiddo’s identity private. The actress pointed out two notable celeb parents, writing, “But then I see Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd and I respect and understand their decision too!”
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The house is a mess, I have a stye on my left eye, I haven't showered in two days, I can't remember when I did anything (when did we change his diaper last? What time did I pump?), @jensenkarp and I now take baby night shifts where we pass each other like zombies on a mission, and they are some of the best days of my life. ❤️
So, for now, don’t expect to see baby Adler’s cute little noggin online. In the future, when he’s old enough to decide for himself, maybe you will. Fishel explains, “I’d like for him to be able to curate his own footprint on the internet in the future without being mortified we posted about his fear of swimming or his first crush.” And we totally get it.
Photo: Danielle Fishel via Instagram