All moms walk the fine line between getting enough pictures to properly document their little one’s journey through childhood and being totally annoying! We tell ourselves, “They’ll only be newborns, babies, toddlers, etc. once.” We just don’t want to miss capturing one second. Now that smart phones take such good photos and you can instantly upload your pics to Facebook or text them to family and friends, why not? Although there are daily photo ops for parents around every corner, if one spends all their time documenting life, they may end up missing out on actually living life. Not to mention the fact that capturing one good photo of your child may take 27 tries. Case in point:
With the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter culture we live in, many moms strive to post amazing photos of their make-believe “perfect little family” every chance they get. With the holidays around the corner, this couldn’t be more apparent. Social Media makes it easy for parents to cherry pick the exact moments they wish to share with the world. Likely, one of those moments isn’t going to be of your kid dressed like a hobo in tattered, high-water sweatpants, but instead looking sharp in a Christmas sweater vest or dressed up as a Sheppard in his preschool holiday program. Not So Zen Mom’s understand the temptation of at least pretending that you have your shit together as a parent, but also think that these parents are missing some highly comedic opportunities in the process. Take the photographs below for example. While Exhibit A and B are adorable, Exhibit C is hilarious. The reason it’s funny is because it’s authentic and because my kid is using a Crown Royal bag to carry around his little toys. True story!
Stay tuned for the follow-up blog post Kids & Cameras: The Role Reversal where I discuss kid’s obsession with taking pictures and lots of them. Best go check how much memory is left on your iPad immediately. You’re bound to find several hundred selfies of your kid’s left butt cheek he took when you weren’t looking.