The Age of the Selfie

Selfie with my chicas!
Selfie with my chicas!

We are living in a new era! It is the age of the “selfie”.    Be it an impromptu funny moment or a need to document a fabulous outfit, whatever the reason everyone from the Pope to President Obama seems to be doing them.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find college level psychology classes dedicated to the subject in the near future.  As a matter of fact, after a recent review of my camera roll on my cell phone, it would appear that my 19 month old daughter is becoming quite adept at taking them too!

Inspired by some amazing close-ups of her little nostrils and left eyeball (which I will never be able to delete!) I decided I needed to work my way into some of those shots.  Time is not on my side!  These little girls are growing up so fast and changing everyday.  When I look back through my camera roll I see hundreds of pictures of my girls and maybe one or two of me! Gia is now at the stage where she will look at a picture and remember something about that particular day.

Last week she saw a photo of herself dressed in a tutu and said, “Mommy, remember that was Anastasia’s birthday party?”  That’s when it hit me.  She’s going to remember that day but maybe not that I was there with her.  We played with chalk on the sidewalk and flew a kite together, and I really wish I had handed my camera to someone or taken a “selfie” of the three of us.  Honestly, now I’m more motivated than ever to move from behind the camera and get into more pictures with my little ones!

Last weekend we had such a lovely time hanging out in the backyard…Spring has definitely sprung! When I saw the girls playing on the tire swing together I thought to myself, these are the moments I live for! And I have to admit, this is when I’m so grateful to have a phone with a camera.  I wanted to capture this moment forever. This was a moment I wanted to insert myself into.  I joined them on that tire swing, snapped a shot of the three of us and then swung us round and round until we laughed!

I hope you all will make a point of inserting yourselves into more pictures with your kids and take selfies when you can! And, right now, you can share those special moments with Sprout.  MomIsHere is an awesome initiative, which was created by Sprout, to remind Moms to jump into those pics with our kiddos and capture some unforgettably special family moments that you will always remember.  Upload your pictures at or on Instagram by tagging your photo with #MomIsHere.  I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces!!



18 thoughts on “The Age of the Selfie

  1. So sweet & I just heard (& got) this amazing book on selfie etiquette called @Sophie Takes A #Selfie – it is SO GOOD and a must have for especially young girls.

      1. Hi Michele! Loved your post here and saw Clarissa’s reply – I’d be happy to send you a copy of my book if you’d like. Feel free to inbox me on fb at J. J. Cannon, or @SophieSelfie or @JenCannPro on Twitter. xo

  2. your girls are adorable. we watch you on sprout every night and my kids love you and star.. we look forward to seeing more pics as they get older. I also have a 5 year old and a 2 year old… keep up the good work abd how to hear from you

  3. So happy to see a post from you!! My son is CRAZY about you on The Goodnight Show…. He is always saying “Nina, Nina!” Thank you for being so awesome at what you do, Michele =)

  4. This is so sweet! I am also trying to get into more pics w/my 2 y/o son. I read a while back how many moms are camera shy about the way they look, their hair that particular day or outfit and stay out of pics w/their little ones. But just as you said I began to look thru my camera roll and thought holy moly, he’s gonna think he was hatched! I’m slowly taking more selfies or asking someone to photograph us.

    Thanks for sharing pics of your little ones! My son adores your goodnight stretch routine and loves both you and Star. The stretch is part of his nite-nite routine:)

  5. Hi Michele:

    My 16 month old daughter and I watch you every day on the Sprout Show after a long day at work and daycare. I live in San Antonio and have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development 0-8 years from UT Austin. You are absolutely a one of a kind, talented, and intelligent person! Your work with sand, sign language, Spanish, music, and games is phenomenal!

    I hope you stay with the show for a long while my daughter is growing! You are correct! They grow so quickly! My daughter took her first selfie and it was precious!

    Kudos for people like you making this world and next generation of children intelligent and culture oriented!


    Danella Virtue

  6. Nina, why is it that when you go on the “world adventure” be it visiting countries or different languages, you guys only cover the Americas and Europe mainly? and maaaay be parts of Asia.

    1. We do our best to be as inclusive as possible with the limited time we have. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to visit every culture around the world on a world adventure!! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and to write “Nina” a message!

  7. Dear Michele,
    your girls are fantastic and sweet! We have two little sons, Davide 3yo and Diego 4mo. Davide, in particular, is totally in love with you and Star. We watch together the Good Night Show everynight and his favourites are Caillou, Thomas and Lucy the firefly. Your way of communicating is absolutely lovely! I truly want to thank you because he is learning a lot from you, words, expressions, etc. We are Italians, but now we are living in Alabama. Because of your experience, I believe you can understand very well the difficulty our little man is facing with living in such a bilingual contest. I just would like to let you know that you are contributing a lot to help our Davide to overcome this issue and to improve day by day with his fluency and confidence with the American language.
    Fron the depth of our hearts, thanks so much for what you are doing for us!
    Andrea, Mina, Davide and Diego

    1. Thank you so very much for sharing your story! My heart fills with pride that our show is part of your family’s nighttime routine. Growing up bilingual is not easy but well worth the initial struggle! Best of luck and Happy Mother’s Day!

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