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Join The Instagram Baby Photo Challenge!

So, did any of you happen to read my post last week about Parenting Fantasy vs. Parenting Reality?  I did a little slideshow of some of the photos from my Instagram feed and talked about what was really going on behind the scenes in those cheery photos.

I know that sometimes it can be discouraging to see so many photos in your social media stream of your friends and acquaintance’s seemingly perfect children and picture-perfect lives, so in an effort to encourage a bit of realistic parenting solidarity I came up with a fun photo-a-day-challenge for parents to participate in for this coming week!

I’m calling it: #parentingforreal and I really want you all to join me!

 

 

So, here are the details…

The challenge is for parents to post one real photo a day of what life as a parent is really like.  Yes, parenting is full of cute smiles and trips to the park, but I want to see the stuff you wouldn’t usually post…screaming babies, toy explosions and day 3 without a shower hair.  We could all use a little dose of reality sometimes and this would be a great reminder that behind all of the pretty filters we’re all just human.  Don’t worry…you can still use your beloved filters and the photos don’t all have to be negative, but just anything you think shows what parenting is really like.

If you’d like to play along, here’s what you do:

1.  Post one photo each day for the next week starting today (8/6/12 – 8/13/12).

2.  Tag me in your photo (@thelittlethingswedo) and use the hashtag #parentingforreal.

3.  At the end of the challenge I’ll be choosing my top 10 favorite photos from the challenge to share here on Babble!

 

Tell your friends – the more the merrier!  Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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