Gordon Keith: An appeal to snap-happy parents



WFAA-TV Contributor

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Updated Thursday, May 13 at 6:50 PM

Here's a question for you: Why do we feel compelled to capture and immortalize every moment of our children's lives?

Today's kids basically have a documentary crew following them around to capture every mundane moment.

That documentary crew? Parents.

Just about every parent I know witnesses their child's life through a viewfinder. If I go to kid's soccer game or children's ballet recital, I see 200 parents staring at LCD screens instead of the fruit of their loins half-heartedly performing until the moment they can go for ice cream.

I understand the important moments. But every moment?

This over-documentation has created a unique problem. Too much of a mediocre thing.

Our hard drives are stuffed and our video shelves are littered with unmarked videos that no one has the time (or energy) to sit through.

Do you think when we're gone our kids will watch all that mess? Come on! They'll be too busy filming their own kids.

Most of this footage is unusable, too. It's jerkier than your brother-in-law after five beers and oftentimes the camera trails off towards the ground as mom gets lazy-hand while gabbing with other moms about how over-scheduled everyone is.

Preserving the moment rather than living in it is a burden than no one enjoys, so I say:  Mom and dad,  put down that camera and just enjoy watching the action.

Then fire up that camera for the really important stuff, like dad getting racked during a T-ball lesson.

Now that's worth preserving.