I don't normally talk publicly about my children's behavioural struggles but todays incident got me thinking.....
We are just back from having Eli's Kindy photos taken.
They are having three individual photos and then a composite 'class' one.
Last year they had a group 'class' photo taken and Eli was determined that he didn't want to take part in that but up until last night was happy to have the individual one done.
So I dress him nicely and take him in, it's not his usual session today, and he put on the skids. He did not want his photo taken. We tried for a while to coerce him, without upsetting him, but there was no way he wanted it taken. His good mate didn't want his done either, but decided off his own back that he did after a while and there were some lovely pics taken. I thought that might encourage Eli, but no.
The photographer did sneak in one photo while he was playing but now a tantrum has ensued because he didn't want his photo taken. He hid under the table and refused to come out until I said that all was ok and that we'd go home.
He's now crying and throwing a tantrum. Trying to exert his control over everything he can think of because he lost control over having his photo taken.
Behavioural issues aside, I have a question for you all........
When is it ok for children to exert their choice over having their photo taken?
This will be different for everyone. There is lots of talk in the blogging world about blogging about your kids and their right to privacy, that's not what I'm talking about here though.
I'm talking about family and school photo type situations.
I can see this might be a hot topic but please keep comments friendly, thank you.