- I’m not the size I want to be.
- My hair is a mess.
- I didn’t have time to put makeup on this morning.
- This really isn’t the most flattering angle for me.
- I know I look tired.
- I haven’t showered in days.
- My clothes are stained with spit-up.
- My roots need a touch-up.
- I don’t want to interrupt the kids’ fun.
But the truth of the matter is, we want — and need — to be in pictures with our kids because these are images our children will look back at in the future, and we want them to remember that Mom was there with them. Two years ago, Allison Tate wrote a moving essay vowing to make a better effort to be in photos with her kids despite not being her ideal weight or wearing her favorite color. A year later, looking back on her year of being in the pictures, she wrote, “When we take pictures with our children, we are asserting ourselves as important and valuable, and our children are watching us.”