No one else looks at you the way they do -- with unalloyed adoration. No one else sees you like they do -- as the uncontested center of their world. And there’s no one who watches you more closely -- literally and figuratively -- reacting to your every expression, your every move.
Last fall, we ran a resonant post by Allison Slater Tate called “The Mom Stays In The Picture.” It was both personal (her own resolution to step in front of the lens rather than hiding behind it) and universal (a call to all mothers who shy away because they just don’t feel camera ready).
You responded by sending us thousands of photos, many taken with your children after you read Allison’s piece, all of you vowing to get “in the picture” more, if only because it is a way to capture yourself as part of their childhood. What struck us as we collected them was how beautiful you all were, even as you explained, in notes accompanying the pictures, that your hair was a mess or you hadn’t lost the baby weight.
Women do that. As the latest Dove campaign showed, we look at ourselves through a far more critical lens than the rest of the world. You certainly don’t see yourself as your children do.
For Mother’s Day, we would like you to.
Continuing Allison’s crusade, we have asked parents to send in photos of mothers taken by their children. Hand your child a camera, or an iPhone, and let them show the world how you look through their eyes.
The results won't be professional. And they won’t be perfect. But they will be beautiful.
1. Have your child take a photo of you.
2. Ask them to tell you what they see in the photo.
3. Send the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's caption, or press "add a slide" below.
"I see my Mom, with a white shirt, long brown hair, blue pants, and a wheelchair. She has a book too." -- Koen, age 7
"I think that this is the cutest puppy that I’ve ever seen. When I set my eyes on him, he has got this way into my heart. His ears were so soft and cuddly. His paws were so tiny and small. His eyes were curled up like he was sad. But the one thing that I always remember is that this will always be my dog. The woman holding the dog is the best person in the world, and guess who that is? That’s right. My mom. She takes care of me, helps me, cares for me, and she loves me. This picture reminds me about my two favorite things."
"My (3 yo) son took this while we were decorating our Christmas tree in 2012. It's one of my favorites from that Christmas. :)"
"Our Mommy is: fun, silly, painted, exciting, interesting, passionate, happy, lovable, & the bestest mommy ever." -- Zaria & Simon Ackermann
"Mommy is happy playing at the zoo with me." -- Isaac
Bedtime can be so hard, sometimes we just give into the silly. Photograph by Finley, 4
"I asked her to take a picture of me doing something we do every day. She took a few, one of which was loading the dishwasher (nice). But this was her favorite. Driving to school, singing along to Top 40. I asked what the caption should be and she said, "Duh. Mum in the morning." Photo by Grace, 10.
"I see that you're a nature momma. You like being outside with me!" Photo by Soren, 6
"Through the eyes of my 4yr old, I am beautiful loving caring and fun:). She has showed me the true meaning of love. You never know how much love you have for someone besides yourself until you have a baby:)."
"I see a caring, dark haired...(giggle, giggle LAUGH)...when does this thing need to be turned in?!" Photo by John Andrew, 9
"My 6 year old son took this picture of me while I'm busy prepping them up (4 kids) for church. TV on, clothes everywhere, everything is chaos but I still managed to pose like this for him."
"My 10 yo daughter snapped this photo of me last Saturday. When I asked her what she saw when she looked at it (her caption), she said, 'Mom wiped out after the garage sale.'"
"Mommy and daddy kissing, I love it!" Photo by Bella, 4
My 28 yr old son took this photo of me at least 20 yrs ago. One of my favorites!
"Mommy you are happy" -- Dex, 3.5 "This is me sneaking in a workout while my 1 year old daughter naps. And yes that is a huge pile of laundry behind me ;)"
"Our mom is a silly goose." - Jack, 3 Photo by Alex, 16
Photo by Mason, age 10. His caption: "My mom has too many kids." Ben's caption, age 5: "My mom is pretty and loveable." Charlie's caption, age 9: "I'm a picture-taker, not a miracle worker."