Lesson 5: What do you most want as a parent?

Parenting is hard. We all know that. 

And during my time as a mom over the past seven years I’ve become increasingly interested to see how parents navigate through the intersection of career (theirs and/or their partner’s) and family. Each person’s story is so interesting - I feel like we all come up with different ways of patching together something that works, and a lot of it is trial and error.

One of the things that I think can be so hard to think about though, especially in the hustle and bustle and scramble and demands of early parenthood, is the question: 

What do you most want as a parent? 

Do you want to:

  • Be more present
  • Feel less stressed
  • Find more joy day-to-day
  • Connect with your kids
  • Have more time for yourself
  • Know that your kids are self-confident and happy
  • Have confidence yourself that you are doing a good job
  • Have a community of support
  • Feel recognized and appreciated for all that you do
  • Know that your kids know how much you love them
  • Or, something else?

And what does this have to do with photographing your kids?

Well, what I have come to realize, in thinking about my own experiences as a parent as well as the hundreds of other parents who have worked with me, is that photographing your kids can help you create everything on this list.
        
Now obviously, it’s not that you can take out your camera and magically achieve these things.
        
But when you shift your perspective on how you approach photographing your kids, photography can become a powerful tool for creating the life that you want for yourself and your family.

Put this into action:

Select the three things you most want as a parent from the list above, or if you want to add something of your own, check in with me in the Facebook group to make sure it’s something I think can be achieved through photographing your kids.
    
Don’t overthink this! Just look at the list and pick the three that most resonate with you right now. 
    
Write them down somewhere (digitally or physically) so that you can refer back to them.

Today’s photo prompt: What do you most want as a parent?
Up next: What do you most want to remember about this time?

Note: I'll be giving you daily photo prompts to help you in your photo-a-day project but they are completely optional. Ultimately you should choose the photo for your project that best reflects what you most want to remember about the day.

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