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Milestone Monday: (Not) Posing for Pictures

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Author’s Note: Join me every Monday as I share Fia’s ongoing milestone (mis)adventures–from potty training to talking to everything in between.  Mayhem and mischief guaranteed on Milestone Monday!

Capture the Innocence Instead of the Smile

Fellow blogger and Parents Pregnancy Editor Heather Morgan Shott sent me the following link. It is horrendous. It shows how the worst of parenting brings out the worst in a child. It’s sad actually.  And almost unwatchable. It is everything that is wrong with America.

http://www.aol.com/video/toddlers-and-tiaras-alana-steals-show-with-help-of-gogo-juice/517241726/

But it got me thinking about pageants and pictures and then posing for pictures.

Each Friday I put a photo of Fia. (Called Fia Friday if you’re a regular to this blog.)

Last week I found myself telling Fia to smile for the camera.  Of course most toddlers don’t know–or care–what you’re talking about. Including Fia. I put up the post, sans smiles, then sent the link to my Aunt Nancy. She wrote back the following:

The pictures are so beautiful.  There is something so deep and otherworldly in some of her pics. Don’t know how to explain it.  So glad you have not taught her how to smile for the camera yet. Don’t. Her innocence and uniqueness shows through, and it is natural–not posed.

Huh? I had to think for a minute. But I do try and tell Fia to smile for the camera. Wait. I think I’m doing it wrong. And I think Aunt Nancy–in her infinite wisdom–makes an excellent point. It’s one of those things that never crossed my mind. I just figured that was what you did, “Fia, look at mommy. Okay, smile! Smile! Can you smile for mama and the camera?”

Well, scratch that. Let her innocence shine through. She’ll have her whole life to learn how to pose.

I guess this is more of my own mom-milestone than one for Fia. But figured I’d share because maybe some of you feel the same. Or, like me, never thought about it.

And of course the video link above shows the extreme version of a picture-pushing-parent-turned-pariah.  Run. Run for the hills!

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