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Look! I’m actually in a photo!!


There I am again!!

I think there is an awful tendency as a modern parent, especially a mother, to document everything your kids get up to and all the amazing fun they’re having, without actually being part of the picture because you’re holding the camera.

Unless I remind other people to take photos, no one else bothers to take photos. So there aren’t any other cameras out to catch me in the act of participating in the stuff I post about every day. But I was there for all of it! Honest!


Look! Here I am again! I have fun with my kid! I’m actively participating in her life! I was there, too, gosh-darn-it!


I’m going to start pestering more people to take photos of me. I want Aeryn to see I was there with her, every step of her childhood. I want her to have some tangible evidence of it. Especially after what happened to my friend Sophie, which I posted about a few days ago.

I don’t love how I look, or live an instagram-pinterest-perfect life, but it’s real and mine and I want to fully, deliberately, noticeably, exist in it. I think it’s important for her, and it’s important for me. This is us, and it’s awesome.



Jen enjoys reading (endlessly, everything), creative writing, playing RPGs, buying from local markets, drinking coffee, drinking tea, craft projects, baking, gentle parenting, home educating and speaking in third person. She blogs about issues and ideas surrounding education, parenting, feminism, craft and various other interesting tidbits. What a wonderful word, tidbits.

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