Monday, August 15, 2016

I Don't Get It

Back to school celebration photos.  You know the ones.  Mom jumping for joy, kids looking embarrassed, scared, hurt or even laughing.

I enjoy the time I spend with my children.  I get lonely if I don't have at least one kid at my side.  There have been times that I needed a short break but not EVERY DAY! I actually enjoy my kids.  Even teenagers!

I worry about the kids in the photos.  That they are hurt but just hiding it.  What kind of chaos do they live in that spending time away from the kids is a relief for these moms?

I do understand being proud of your kids.  I understand being excited that they are learning and growing into young adults.  I just don't understand these first day of school photos.  They have so much potential to hurt. A mother is expected to love unconditionally.  What are these photos really saying?

No, I won't understand your explanation.  It isn't something I can understand.  This is just food for thought.  Think about it before you do your own staged photo.

Ps.  I hated sending my kids away to school so much I home school.  We started in 1998 and we are still going strong.


  1. I so relate to this post. I have homeschooled for the past 10 years. This year my homeschool journey is ending. We decided to put my son in high school. It's the best for him but my heart aches. I did take pictures but just for the memories of the first day of school. I am not out celebrating that my child is at school because I miss them. I am bored and lonely.

  2. Since we've lived so much in the country, my boys benefited with the social aspects of going to school...especially with their age difference. Most of the time I worked but when I didn't, I also enjoyed having some time to work on projects that were more difficult to do when they were around but I never jumped for joy or cheered on the first or any day of school. I agree, I have never understood those pictures.

    Hope everything is going well with you, Dragon, your kids and the new grand.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  3. My daughter in law did it to capture the memory of her daughters first journey into life without mommy. It wasnt meant to hurt anyone in anyway. But yes I understand cause I loved being with my kids and them going to school was a big adjustment for me as well as them.