If you’re a parent, I want you to try a quick exercise today. Go to where you have all your family pictures stored, whether it be your mobile phone, digital camera or photo library on your computer. Scroll through real quick to get a general feel for how many photos you have of your kids. Next, figure out how many of those photos you’re in.
If you’re like me, I have hundreds and hundreds of pictures of my kids. Yet, I’m in maybe a handful if I’m being generous. Luckily, my hubbie snapped this, albeit blurry and awkward looking, photo of Samuel and me on his first day of kindergarten.
We moms are usually the ones holding the camera often by default because no one else remembers to bring a camera. But more often than not, we hold onto the camera intentionally because it gives us an excuse for not being in the pictures.
We’d prefer not to show off our graying hair, non-existent make-up, mom clothes or the baby weight that refuses to go away.
The only thing is when our kids are all grown up and are flipping through these same pictures, what will they have to remember us by?
How will they know we were there to decorate Christmas cookies with them or that we stayed up late into the night building that new Lego project with them? How will they remember we joined in on that impromptu family dance party or how goofy we laughed if we’re rarely in the pictures with them?
So here’s a challenge for you (and by you I also mean me)…starting today, make an effort to hand over the camera more so we can get in a few pictures. Don’t worry about what you look like. Just tell yourself, it’s for the kids. And if you really want to challenge yourself, hop over to the Next Level Mama page on Facebook and share a picture of yourself with your family.
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