It is easy to take pictures of our kids, hey, even an occasional selfie even happens, but what about Dad? Are we making sure that his story is told? What about his relationship with our kids? This Father’s Day, I challenge you to 3 ways to make sure Dad is not left out of your memory keeping.
What does your husband love to do with the kids? Does he love to teach them something special? Play with them? Capture it in a photograph and document it.
My husband, Dave, couldn’t wait to be a father. He had dreams about playing light-sabers with his son before he was born. My children and he are best of friends. I drove up to the house yesterday watching Dave on my son’s scooter playing with my 3 year old while she rode her bike. These are moments that should be treasured forever.
If the Dad in your life is anything like Dave, they already take a lot of photos. It use to be that a father had is wallet filled with pictures of his kids so that if anyone asked, like a brag book, they would flip it out and show their friends.
Today, fathers are taking a ton of photos on their phone and this is what they whip out to show family or friends. However, sometimes I still have to remind Dave to take photos of himself. For example, he loves to go golfing once a week with his friends. I sometimes remind him to take a photo by sending him a text. I ask him to photograph his next drive. His friends are all too eager to do so (because they are always looking back to see if they are hitting the ball correctly, ha!) These moments are just as important to document because his hobbies are a part of who he is.
A lot of mothers are the main photographer. Sometimes we forget that our husbands are taking their own photos, sometimes of the same events we are, and their photos are not getting printed. I ask Dave if I can see his photos, sometimes right after an event. For example, while at a recent weekend trip to the coast when we were at the hotel I would ask to see his photos. Dave sees things completely different than I do.
A lot of times I find photos that are beautifully taken from his eyes of our children and I.
This Father’s Day, I challenge you to make sure Dad is involved in your memory keeping. He has such pride when his photos are included in your storytelling.