Selfies have gotten a really bad rap lately. Don’t get me wrong, if your entire Instagram feed contains your own face with different facial expressions, then you’re not helping the reputation of selfies very much. With that being said, however, I think selfies have their place.
If selfies were not meant to be, then what’s the point of the camera flipping around on a smart phone? Furthermore, sometimes selfies are necessary when you want to ask your friends if they like your new hair style or if a pair of earrings matches a new outfit. There are so many selfie options. The duck-face selife, the gym selfie, the car selfie, the dressing room selfie, etc.
Interestingly, I just looked it up on dictionary.com, and the word has been around since 2005. I was pretty impressed; I thought it was much younger than that.
Enough teasing. My two boys love having their pictures taken, especially my two-year old. He won’t smile when I ask him to, but if the photo is his idea, he’s all about it.
My five-year old finally enjoys taking pictures and will totally smile on cue at any moment. It’s a wonderful milestone to achieve. I love taking the boys on dates, and how else would we capture our sweet time together without selfies?!
I do worry about teenagers who spend time planning their next selfie instead of reading a book or studying US History, but if you’re a mom like me and you love snapping photos of you and your kiddos, then be selfish and selfie all night long.
(Ha! I am the first one to use it as a verb. Thank you very much, Mr. Webster).