When it comes to toddlers, you should never pass up a photo op.
Toddlers can be charming, adorable or filled with innocent delight.
They can also be cantankerous, mischievous, or plain old naughty. A wise parent remembers to get photos of their offspring during those less-adorable moments, too.
Document those disasters
Give a toddler five minutes alone and they can get into all sorts of mischief. And that mischief usually results in a mess. The possibilities are endless:
- Lipstick smeared all over a grinning face.
- Sharpie artwork on the walls, the furniture, the library books.
- A jumbo-sized bag of chips dumped on the living room floor. (And one very happy dog scarfing them up. She’ll probably throw up later. On the rug in the foyer, of course.)
I can hear you groaning as you remember some of the more notorious disasters you’ve faced. But did you take photos, so you can laugh about them later?
She’s crazy, you may be thinking. When I discover my two-year-old is using the ashes in the fireplace as a sandbox, I run for the sweeper, not the camera. I do not find soot-covered children amusing!
I understand. When we discover our little darling has dribbled chocolate syrup on the living room rug, or emptied the entire contents of his dresser, we are not amused.
This is not what I need right now, we think. (Or perhaps we shout words to that effect whilst yanking at our hair.)
And yet …
If the situation is not life-threatening, why not take a step back and notice the humor? Messes can be wonderful photo ops, especially when so many of us have smart phones close at hand.
First take a photo, then deal with the mess. Years later, you’ll be glad you did.
Here are a few from my toddler-parenting days:
I’m so glad I took those pictures. They make me smile.
I hope they made you smile too.
Do you have photographic evidence to remind you of your children’s best messes? If so, get out the photo album and have a chuckle.
If not, you can check out some naughty dog messes at dogshaming.com.