Parents Gone Camera Wild.

20 Dec

Message to all parents attending a Preschool Kindergarten Holiday Program …

You look like nice people. You look like you would turn your blinker on if you made a right turn. You look like normal people. Like professionals. Like you do something really important at work or at home — something that requires smarts and common sense. But in a minute when your kids come walking down the hall … all of that is going to disappear. You’re going to become parents.

True. Very true.


The cameras and video recorders come out.

The cameras and video recorders come out.


So just let me remind you of some common courtesy tips that you may forget in the process of this Preschool Christmas Program.

It’s preschool. Preschool. Some kids may sing, some may not, some may sing the right words, some may forget the words, some may have stage fright, some may pick their nose, some may yawn in boredom, some may pick up their dresses and put them over their heads, and some may just twirl around. It happens, it’s preschool. Don’t get upset. Don’t turn into one of those crazy obsessed TLC pageant moms. It’s preschool. Remember that.

But also try to remember that many of you brought cameras to cherish these oh-so-special moments, so keep in mind that the person sitting behind you may not want the back of your head and shoulders in the picture. As soon as you see your kid pass by, snap the picture, smile, wave, and sit down. He’s not gonna keep looking at you. He needs to watch where he’s going, so he doesn’t trip and fall. He’s going to look straight ahead.


We Wish You A Merry Christmas rocking the house.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas rocking the house.


Let him concentrate and sing Jingle Bells on his own. If he doesn’t know the song don’t worry about it. I’m sure he claps to the beat very well.

Once the program is finished, try not to rush the stage. Pretend like you’ve been to a sporting event or concert and let the person in the row in front of you go first. It’s game crowd protocol. Honestly, rushing to beat someone to the parking lot doesn’t make sense. Besides it’s Christmas! Enjoy the decorations.


The hanging wreaths

The hanging wreaths


The outdoor decorations.

The outdoor decorations.


The Christmas tree and the ornaments.

The Christmas tree and the ornaments.


Most people don’t follow these rules, which is why you hear of parents gone wild during the Christmas Pageant.  Listen to the professional in you — the one that wears dry clean only clothing, the one who’s been a victim to an awesome picture gone wrong because of the back of someone’s bald head and their wife’s split ends, the one who’s trying to stop the crazy parent cycle from repeating itself. Listen people, your holidays at school pageants will be much better.


4 Responses to “Parents Gone Camera Wild.”

  1. panovision101 December 21, 2012 at 1:48 AM #

    We do it every year, huh? Ok, so I leave the camera at home, but it does seem to be getting less cute every year.

    • The Guat December 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM #

      Yeah it does happen every year … although this happened to be my first time. I guess that’s why I was tripping out. 🙂

  2. Angelia Sims December 21, 2012 at 6:01 PM #

    Ha! Ha! Ha! That photo is priceless. It is such a crazy frenzy! Seriously, what happens to us parents????? The children look adorable. Nothing cuter than the unpredictable performances of preschoolers. Merry Christmas!

    • The Guat December 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM #

      It was crazy. As soon as I turned around to see my son walk up the aisle I saw a see of parents with video recorders and cameras. It was too funny. The performances were pretty awesome, unpredictable and awesome. Thanks for stopping by … Merry Christmas!

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