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WHEN YOUR KIDS REFUSE TO TAKE THE PICTURE

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LIFESTYLE by KRISS on 13 april 2016

Please Rose, this will make your grandma very happy, would you just stop fussing and take the damn picture already ! Does that sound familiar ? It did with all 3 of my kids around the age of 6, much more for my last one but that’s another kettle of fish !

Sometimes your kids absolutely don’t want to pose and you have the worst difficulties talking them into taking family photos.
You may have tried all the classics :

- Reasoning : complete waste of energy.
- Threats : Counter working.
- Blackmail : Counter working as well.
- Brute force : not sure about that one.

So you’re stuck, your kid really feels like they’re have their way and in 10 and 20 years time you’ll have crappy christmas pictures, at least for them.

Well, the first thing is that you can actually be happy with it and decide that it’s completely part of a normal kid’s behaviour, you know the many normal behaviours kids have and that drive you nuts ! At the end, when you’ll be looking at the pictures many years later, you’ll be able to tell them “when I told you, you were such a pain at that age !”.
And they won’t deny it ! Victory !!!

But if you’d rather have nice family pictures, you can anticipate by understanding the mechanisms or the fuss.
Yes, let’s start analysing that : what is the fuss all about ? I am no shrink and I can only guess what my guts tell me.
I honestly think this is a mixed feelings of :

- I am so happy I can be the center of interest once again and have everyone focusing their attention on me.
- It’s my “no” phase so don’t expect me to say yes to anything.
- I feel forced to doing something boring I don’t understand.

This is the latter that interests us in that particular case because this probably the only one you can work around.
Yes you need to help your child understand what is going on and long before the family photos.

So if you’re looking for a miracle and reading this article right in the middle of the tantrum, I am sorry I have no solution for this time but certainly for next time (in an hour perhaps ?).

Tell your reluctant kid you’re going to play with them and they are the one taking the photos.
If you can’t trust them with a camera you’re screwed (or maybe you can try to trust them especially when you’re around).
Make it appear like a game and when you revert the roles, you have better chances things will go smoothly ! This is not a 100% proof recipe for success, my Rose shoots a pro Camera many times a week on her own and still loves to fuss when we ask her to take a photo.
She has to be in control and decide, so she photobombs whenever she can but still makes faces or simply refuses a photo with her grannies !

#kids #tamingthetiger #parenting

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