Listen. I get it. It’s hard to get in the frame and in front of a camera when most often it’s been days since you have showered and your clothes are covered in spit up or something you pray is chocolate pudding. Everything you do is for your kids but take a step back and think of this. Do you think when they are 40 years old they are going to want a.) hundreds of photos of themselves to frame in their home or b.) a photo of them as a child with their Mama or Dada holding them? Chances are it’s B.
They don’t care if you haven’t had your hair done in months. The bags under your eyes mean you stayed up all night rocking and comforting them. They don’t care your nails look like you blindfolded yourself and painted them. Those pesky few pounds you have been trying to shake off are likely because you treated them to ice cream and had some yourself or sat them on the kitchen counter to help you make chocolate chip pancakes – and yes – you ate a few along the way.
But do this… take a moment and ask your kids if they could travel the world with anyone and do anything they want and go anywhere they want – would would they choose to want to go with? They could even pick a superhero or their favorite character but they can only choose one person. What is their answer? You will probably quickly realize you are, in fact, their favorite person in the world – their hero and their everything.
There will always be a better time to do anything in your life. The days your kids will want to remember are happening today so hand the camera to a friend, kid, significant other and get in the frame. If you want to give your kids an amazing gift – let them have memories the way they see it and the way they see you. They will thank you one day!
Photo Credit – my six year old daughter, Maria