The Mum Selfie Fail!

So, if anyone asked me to describe teenagers today I could probably sum this up in a few succinct words … the generation of selfies … and be done with it … that’s probably all I need to say and I think many of you would totally and utterly understand where I am coming from … and completely agree that, for the ages of 13 to 19, time spent with teenagers can be aptly described by this generational generated word … but hey, why do that when I could wax lyrical for a good 500 words or so to really get my point across?

Feeling sad? … oh let’s take a selfie of my faux sad face and send it to a 1000 contacts. Feeling happy? … oh another selfie to confirm said happy state to same 1000 contacts. Feeling bored? … yep, think you get the picture … no pun intended … though, admittedly, I’m quite pleased with that little turn of phrase … little smug look on my face … and if I was a teen you can guarantee I’d take a selfie of said smug face and broadcast … but, as I’m way past the teenage years, it would probably take me 57 attempts to get anywhere near a photo that I would be happy to broadcast to a 1000 contacts … ha ha, I jest, a 1000 contacts? Who am I kidding? I’m of the generation where my contacts are people I actually know and I deem as friends … so about 25!

… but back to the 57 attempts for what I’ll refer to as an adult selfie … hmm that could be misinterpreted … let’s call it a mum selfie … now I’m not one for selfies for the precise reason that if the lighting is wrong, the angle wrong, my T-zone not blotted and not in black and white I won’t be happy with end result so the majority of the time that my children are with me and approaching with iphone in camera mode saying “come on Mummy … selfie time” all you will see is my hand out in front and my mouth forming a ‘No’ kind of shape … every single time … it’s not great is it?

… but these kids today are so damn confident behind the camera … they’ve had so much practise that they know the exact angle they like, how to pull that perfect smile … every single time … so my advice to anyone out there trying to perfect the mum selfie … shut yourself behind closed doors and snap away until you get the angle/smile you like and use that one every time … but a word of warning … make sure your iCloud sharing photos button isn’t on … trust me … your kids finding a whole load of mum selfies is about as low as humiliation gets … just saying!

Disclaimer – obviously I have never ever tried this.

First published at Meet Other Mums

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49 thoughts on “The Mum Selfie Fail!

  1. I agree, a mum selfie is often complimented with filters, good angles and stood awkwardly in front of a window…or is that just me? I really need to take photos of more things other than my face! #bigpinklink

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  2. Yes! I was given many a lessons on how to take a Selfie! Imagine the shock to my system when I had the rolling eyes and the “Don’t you know this?” And I hate taking selfies anyway, it’s not something I will ever be used to.

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    1. Ha ha – doesn’t it infuriate you just how they perfect the selfie – OK I am majorly going to ignore the fact that they have youth on their side – I am not struggling with ageing in any shape or form!!

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  3. I love the thought of your children getting all your ‘practise selfies’ on the icloud! I recently started taking lots of selfies for blogging etc, and it’s blimming hard! I take about 10 for every one that is deemed ‘ok’, and then I get to work with filters, otherwise they just look awful! I was quite shocked at the amount of selfies the younger generation takes. It still spins my head out at home ‘online’ teenagers are these days. Thanks for linking! #bigpinklink

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  4. Aha love them finding all your selfies! I used to take selfies even back in the day when we used cameras but I look awful in most of them! I do love a selfie with the bubba though and he always smiles at his own face on the screen! My nieces are constantly taking pics of themselves on snapchat etc, it makes me laugh!! #bigpinklink

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  5. I seem to only ever take selfies if I want to get a picture with my baby son and me. we have the perfect baby carrying selfie shot! Lots of practice. #bigpinklink

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    1. I wish I did have more pictures of me and my children together – I’m so camera shy that I hate having my photo taken – I must change that though as it’s important for the children to have photos. Thank you so much for commenting x

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  6. This is so great! Haha! I suppose I’m part of the selfie crowd. Though, a lot of times I put my hands out and say no like you. So many times I look over and notice that hubby has already taken a selfie with me and sent it on snapchat. So sneaky!

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  7. I’m chuckling over the thought of there being multiple selfies on your phone where you’ve been practising the perfect selfie and the kids finding them! My twin and I were trying to master the pout that they all seem to use in selfies – try as we might we couldn’t quite get it right. Thankfully all evidence has since been deleted (I hope!) Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFun 🙂

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  8. My wife got quite a bit of amusement last week watching me attempt to take a selfie for a blog post. I took a good one of myself and my daughter about a year ago but can’t duplicate that success. The teenager has one of those sticks somewhere but I don’t think I could bring myself to be seen with it #familyfun

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  9. Oh I am rubbish at selfies, to be honest the hardest part I find is holding the phone AND pressing the button with one hand without the phone wobbling! I don’t know what to think about the selfie boom…I was in a restaurant a few months ago and two late teens/early twenties were there having dinner ‘together’…they didn’t do a lot of togethering…lots of pouts and poses and tapping on their phones. It was weird and I don’t care if I sound old! #stayclassy

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    1. Oh I’m so with you – how do they even do that – my hands don’t work that way! Oh and I so agree about the pouts and poses whilst having dinner – are you sure it wasn’t my girls?! Thank you so much for your comment xx

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  10. Hahaha you are too funny! Loved the pun and then the selfie of your smug face! Have you heard he selfie song? It’s has a teenage girl voice as the chorus that goes “Wait…but first…lemme take a selfie” haahaha then she goes on to describe which filter she should use….sadly the beat is kind of fun to dance to: http://youtu.be/kdemFfbS5H0 Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  11. I’m so glad I didn’t have the selfie pressure when I was a teen-I struggled with the amount of pressures there already were!! Your children finding your selfie attempts… Sorry, I may have laughed a little…!! I can’t take selfies, I just can’t take them seriously!! I take comedy ones with the children where we do duck face exaggerated pouts, and post them on my personal Instagram for laughs!! I think people would think I’d had a personality invasion if I took a serious one!!!!
    #stayclassy

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    1. Oh humiliated beyond belief but obviously this didn’t really happen did it?! Who would be that foolish?! I do comedy – can’t bear being serious ‘look at me’ – thank you so much for commenting xx

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  12. So hate the whole selfie thing i am really bad at it but I do love those apps that remove your wrinkles etc. I kid myself that even Kate Moss has her photos touched up. Although lately I have realised that the brush size for getting rid of wrinkles has changed to large 😥 TY for linking up to #FamilyFun 🎉

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  13. Oh! I loved this – I cannot for the life of me get a good one – and trust me I have gone through copious amounts of filters to try and get that flawless look. My daughter is 4 but i swear she is great at pulling a pose – it needs to be added to CVs as a skill! great post lovely xx

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  14. Haha – beware the icloud sharing function! I hate being in any photos so I really don’t do selfies unless forced (ie when a headshot/profile picture is required for something & I can’t get round it!). I have however figured out the preferred pose for me – the ‘Cousin It’. Hair over as much of my face as possible!

    Thanks so much for sharing with #PasstheSauce

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  15. Oh I am not into selfies at all – who would want to see a picture of me close up – no thank you. It does amaze me by how confident this younger generation are (I sound so old writing this) but it can only be a good thing surely!! Great post xx

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  16. I spent 15 mins taking a selfie the other day for a not so “insta” shot for a tweet I was commissioned to send. Deleted the ones on my phone not needed and pootled off. Later go to get some photos from my shared drive with a few family members watching… oh the horrow. ofc all the photos had loaded to my shared drive. I can still hear the laughter ringing in my ears!
    #bigpinklink #triballove #feelyourpain

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  17. Very funny and real post! I am crap at selfies! My poor 6 year old trys too but her mum unfortunately is so terrible prob in a few years time ill be getting lessons from her! Im only 32 but feel ancient waaahhhhh #stayclassy

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