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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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A Day Like Any Other

Uploaded: Mar 29, 2015
Sometimes it's important to step back and take in the everyday moments of parenthood. The routines that seem to repeat themselves over and over and over again until one day our kids move on and these daily activities are replaced with new ones.

We parents usually take videos when our kids do something extraordinary. It's easy to forget to document the things they do day in and day out. And even when you want to, it's not always easy to capture these routines.

Recently a mother attempted to do just that. She took a time-lapse video of a day in her life parenting three kids under the age of five. It is an adorable video filled with train tracks, backwards crawling, and vacuuming.

It was wonderful to be invited into this family's life and to see something so personal. If our family made a video it would probably look quite different from hers. If taken this week it might have included a trip to the zoo, an afternoon playing with cousins, an outing to the movies, fun outside with water and bubbles, or a call to grandparents, along with of course, our family's everyday routines. But I hope it would similarly have shown parents spending lots of quality time with their kids.

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Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Mar 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

This is so true.

We moved house while our kids were very young. Just before we started packing stuff into the boxes to move, I went with the camera into each room, including the bathroom, and took a picture of the room with a kid or two. We had of course taken lots of pictures in various rooms before, but this time I decided to take the rooms themselves from different perspectives with the kids as extras, and was so glad I did. Even now, before we did some remodeling, I wish I had taken some pictures of the dingy old kitchen that showed how we lived. I have some lovely "after" pictures, but forgot the "before" ones.

I have pictures of the old house in the kids' albums and even though the memories have faded, they are still fully convinced they remember the house well although of course some were probably too young to remember.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4- What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it.


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