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#76 born.a.girl

Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:39 PM

I wish iphones had been around when my daughter was spending her occasional time alone with my husband's parents.

As it was, their photographic exercises resembled military ones, where there was so much organisation that much spontaneity was lost.

I still treasure the ones they did take in my absence.


It's confronting for a start to realise that your child has a life outside your realm of influence, but the sooner this is realised, the better for everyone.

#77 robhat

Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:50 PM

There's a big difference between documenting a child's every movement and taking some nice photos and videos of normal everyday life.

#78 JoanJett

Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:54 PM

I find it interesting that the OP's discussion about videos/photography/screens only discusses the negative.

I grew up in an ex-pat situation.  My parents had to book a phone call home once per month.  There were letters, and there were photos exchanged. My grandparents had never heard my voice til they met me in person after several years.  I only knew them from photos.

My children have one set of grandparents living 5000km away and another grandparent 14000km away.  

We don't have the luxury of worrying about the impact of screens/videos/photography on self esteem.  Our children would not have a relationship with their grandparents without video calls and exchange of photos in both directions.

Edited by JoanJett, 14 August 2019 - 08:05 PM.


#79 Holidayromp

Posted 11 August 2019 - 04:48 PM

Team precious.

Your baby is a newborn.  There will be more important things to draw the line in the sand.   This one comes under picking your battles and this ain’t one of them.

#80 Imaginary friend

Posted 11 August 2019 - 05:27 PM

Her child is a 2 year old, not a newborn.

But I agree, her expectations of MIL are unreasonable.

#81 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 14 August 2019 - 07:42 PM

To get video footage of my children involved getting out a substantially-sized video camera. Then I lost the tapes. I am devastated to not have that now. I also wish that it was not such a production, and that I could have captured some of the more "natural" moments of their lives.

I envy modern day parents with near-instant access to a camera. Because I know that it seems like everyone says it, but they will grow up so quickly, and in the blink of an eye you will have trouble remembering what these days were like. It is fine that we all survived fine without regular photos being taken, but I will bet that most of our parents envy the ease of creating memory prompts with mobile phone cameras nowadays.

#82 TheGreenSheep

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:10 PM

I am from a large family. The unfortunate youngest. I have a handful of photos of myself growing up. Very little of my family. I would love to have half the photos my kids have preserved on back up drives of my own childhood... Even one or two more photos than i have would be amazing.

OP in the words of a sweet little over used saying ‘let it go’

#83 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:38 PM

View PostTheGreenSheep, on 14 August 2019 - 08:10 PM, said:

I am from a large family. The unfortunate youngest. I have a handful of photos of myself growing up. Very little of my family. I would love to have half the photos my kids have preserved on back up drives of my own childhood... Even one or two more photos than i have would be amazing.

OP in the words of a sweet little over used saying ‘let it go’
LOL - I am only the youngest of three, but when I asked my Mum why there are no photos of me, she told me that the camera broke just before I was born. Perfect opportunity to tell my poor middle-child brother that he was so ugly that he broke the camera and that is why there are no photos of me.




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