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Mom, Put The Camera Down

It's nothing new for me to be suggesting that you unplug from your devices. But I admit that I too have a problem! It's gotten to the point where I feel the need to take pictures of everything my kids do. I almost feel like an event didn't happen if I didn't capture it with my iPhone. Last week, I went to a Canopy Adventure in Austin. They would not allow cameras or phones. And guess what I did?.... I snuck it in! That's right! I knew it was going to be such a cool experience that I just had to sneak it in. Yes, I have a problem. I realize that and that's why I'm writing about it!

I took a few shots and then the attendant kindly reminded me to go back and put my phone away. I complied. And know what? I really had so much more fun when I could be 100% in the moment and not looking through the screen of my iPhone. It's true that I missed some really cool pictures but I'm guessing that my kids will remember it always in their hearts. Last year Beyonce got a ton of press for telling an audience member to put the camera down. "I'm right in your face baby, You gotta seize this moment baby! Put that damn camera down!" Bey, you are right! We need to be more in the moment!

With the addition of cameras to our phones, we take more pictures in a day than we used to in a year. And let's not even get started on the time some of us spend on editing the pics with filters, cropping and text! It's all fun and good but I'm quite sure that we will miss our kids growing up if we witness it behind a camera lens.

As your kids get older, they may not want every moment shared on facebook. My son is wary of me taking his picture and questions if it will be posted first. (I always get his permission now by the way). Think of the most special moments in your own life. You remember them in your heart. You don't need a picture to look back on!

I will still be taking tons of pictures, and yes I will still be sharing them. But I am going to make a conscious effort to put the phone down and experience the moment first hand more often. And maybe, just maybe, I will sometimes not take it out at all.

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