I think they are awesome. I think they exude tremendous self-confidence. I admire all those who take selfies, especially spontaneous selfies.
Do I take selfies? Nope. I don’t but my kids do and I love that they do but for reasons which may appear to be a bit weird.
When the kids were little, we took pics of them doing everything and anything. Food running down their faces was instantly a Kodak moment. Sitting on the counter helping with baking was of course, a ‘run get the camera’ moment. Cute dresses, cute hair, the ‘first of’ moments were also captured quickly and efficiently. The eighteen jam-packed full of pics albums tell me so.
As the kids get older, I don’t seem to be taking as many pics of them. Maybe because food running down their faces isn’t so cute anymore or that they will get in ‘big trouble’ if I find them sitting on my counter. Maybe because they aren’t wearing cute, frilly dresses and funky over-alls anymore (well, Gabe never wore the frilly dresses unless Rylee was playing dolls and used Gabe as a model).
So essentially, the kids, by taking selfies, are doing me a favour and ‘capturing the moments’ when I am either not with them, or too lazy to take a pic of them. Of course, we take pics of special moments…graduations, sports events, etc. but rarely do I take a ‘just because’ pic of the kids.
The rule in our house is while I am paying for their phone data/talk/text plans, I have complete access to the data on their phones. When they start paying for their own phones, well they can put a pass lock on it then. They each have their own Apple ID’s but do not have the passwords for them. They can’t add anything to their phones without my permission. I have banned SnapChat and TextPlus from their phones. This upset Rylee more as she has friends who use SnapChat but based on the research I did and finding out what types of pics can be posted on SnapChat without ever being able to view the pics, I decided NO SnapChat. Every pic they take on the phones is accessible to me. Thus, if I need some pics, I can easily ‘air drop’ any to my phone and presto and voila! I have pics of the kids
I have read articles on how the ‘selfie’ generation is creating traits of narcissism and related personality disorders but at least for my kids, they take selfies for fun. They don’t take and re-take to get the ‘perfect’ selfie. They just take selfies. Period. They don’t spend any time selecting the best one. They simply just take the selfies and get on with whatever they were doing. Obviously, it I witnessed any change in their behaviour with regards to the ‘selfies’ and ‘how they look’, I would re-assess my attitude about them but for now, they are simply having fun and in a way, doing ‘my job’ by capturing the ‘moments’ as they get older.
So in my little world, I say ‘hurray’ to the selfies, especially because of the amount of self-confidence required to take them.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!
**Note: all views and opinions expressed in this post are my own**