I’m currently on vacation with my entire family. That means five children between the ages of three and twelve. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not someone who loves hanging out with children. I never babysat (okay, a couple times I got roped into it when I was a tween, but I hated it). I don’t want kids of my own. I love my nieces and nephews, but I have a tolerance level which is quickly reached.
I have, however, found something which seems to entertain and tame small children for enough time to wait in line, wait for a table, or wait for food. (No one wants to be with antsy children at restaurants.) Most adults in my family will hand the children their cell phone and allow them to play Angry Birds or some similar game. I have a smart phone, but I don’t have any of those games. What I do have is a camera.
I simply hold it up and tell the bored child to make a crazy face. When you have kids who are constantly being told not to act silly in pictures and (in my nephews’ cases) being punished for making faces in photos, the opportunity to deliberately look like a goofball is a picture is apparently thrilling. And all it costs me is battery power and I’m saved the aggravation of obnoxious children. And everyone else around us is spared the aggravation of obnoxious children they aren’t related to. Victory for all.