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晒娃 – shài wá – sharenting

The sun shining bright outside? There’s a pleasant breeze going? Then it’s the perfect weather to hang out the washing to dry in the sun, or the kids! Don’t worry. Of course, even in China, the offspring are not actually hung out to dry. But in the colloquial language, they are. 晒娃 shài wá – a combination of 晒 shài (“to bask, to dry in the sun”) and 娃 wá (colloquially a “small child, toddler”) is the common term for sharing baby and child photos on social media. In the West, this is known as “sharenting,” a combination of the words “share” and “parenting.”

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