It’s the summer! The kids are now off school, and whether you are going away or having water fights in your back garden you may want to take a few snaps to remember it all! Here’s a few tips (and a few rather old snaps of mine! Good thing my kids don't read this or they might be slightly miffed with me!).
2. Take More Than One Photo
The beauty of digital photography is that you can take several similar photos and select the one you like best to keep. Burst mode is great for action shots too. Just remember to delete the extra ones, they do eat up the memory!
3. Take Photos of Your Everyday
Baking cookies. Playing games. Chasing each other. All of the things that make your family unique are the most important things to look back on, not the fact that you visited a famous landmark and took a selfie there.
4. Shoot from Their Eye Level
My eldest is now about 6” taller than me but while they are still shorter than you, get down to your child’s eye level to take their photo.
5. Get In Some Photos Too
Don’t be the ghost. I’m very guilty of this one myself but get in some photos too, whether you use a tripod, a dreaded selfie-stick or get someone else to take the photo. It’s important.
Do you ever wonder if all the hassle of organizing a vacation is worth it, or is it just me? From checking passport dates and renewing them, trolling the internet for the perfect location, then there’s packing for everyone...UGHHH!! Plus this world we now live in safety is also a big consideration. There are several places we’ve taken the kids that I’d think twice about now (Egypt and Turkey for example).
In some ways it is getting easier as the kids are a bit older. (They are now almost 14, just turned 12, and almost 10.) They don’t need car seats and other toddler paraphernalia anymore, and they would be perfectly happy to wear the same clothes over and over all week! In other ways it is more difficult. They all want to do different things and us parents are just embarrassing.
Either way, a change of scenery is always good and travel broadens our horizons, so off we go. The best thing though - doing absolutely nothing productive. Sitting reading a book all afternoon (in between siestas), eating food bought and prepared by someone else. When you’re at home there’s always so many things that need doing that you never really relax and unwind. Plus the memories of adventures last a lifetime.
Actually, it is worth the hassle. You come back well rested and ready to take on life...and the unpacking!