Blogging · CHEERS! · Guest Post · Motherhood · Poem

Insta-Mum – A Guest Post by The Brightness of These Days

Welcome to the second post in what I have now affectionately named the “Cheers!” Series!

Those of you that have popped by my site before will know that I am a tiny bit obsessed with rhyming. “Cheers!” is a series of rhyming guest posts that I am honoured to share, mostly with a parenting theme, from some of the most talented and lovely people in Blogland!

Following on from the wonderful debut rhyming post by Becky at And Then There Were Two, I was over the moon to be contacted by the oh so talented Nicole at The Brightness Of These Days.  Now I have been reading Nicole’s wonderful poems and rhymes for some months now and if my laptop had teeth I would have literally bitten her hand off to have the privilege of sharing one of her posts.  Evidently no biting was necessary as she quite willingly sent me one, and without further waffle from me – here it is…



Oh darling!
Well done!
That looks so cute.
Wait a minute,
Let me…

Point and shoot!
What a hoot!

That’s it!
Hold it there!
One minute,
I’ll just move your hair

Point and shoot!
What a hoot!

Just a sec!
Yes just like that!
No not over there,
The light looks flat…

Point and shoot
What a hoot!

Hey little man,
Shall we go for a scoot?
I’ll grab your helmet
You choose the route…

No thanks Mum,
You’re all right.
We’ll need a good shot
And the light’s not right!

Let me first say, I have definitely found myself being an “insta-mum” myself so this is not a critique of any camera wielding mums out there.

I love a photo of my wide-grinned blondies as much as the next parent but I do sometimes wonder about the messages we pass on to our children with our constant documentation of their and our lives – are we teaching them to live in the moment?

After a couple of years of rarely taking it out of its case I’ve been using our SLR camera recently (I’m a total novice and can only use it on auto but learning how to use it properly is on the to-do list!). The rationale is I would rather take less photos but better quality ones. Hopefully I won’t start taking double!

How do you document your memories? Are you an insta-mum? How do you balance memory-keeping with enjoying the moment?


If you want to know more about Nicole this is what he says about herself and how to follow her…


I’m Nicole, mum to two little urchins, Dylan (3) and Arthur (1), hurtling towards (some might say “in”, gah!) my mid-thirties. I work in the City, live in the ‘burbs and I like words, travel and sunshine.
You can find me here:


Thank you so much for letting me share your wonderful rhyme Nicole!  I am so guilty of spending half of my day stopping to faff about with my camera rather than just living in the moment.  Your post really hit home with me.  Beautifully written as all of your posts always are!

Help yourself to the featured badge if you fancy?

(Yep – I even went and made a badge – check out my I.T prowess! *coughs*)

Rhyming with Wine

If you would like to feature in the “Cheers!” series, whether you are a seasoned poet or brand new to rhyming and just fancy giving it a go, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

Dawn x

Linking up with:

Domesticated MomsterThe Secret Diary of Agent SpitbackPink Pear Bear
Run Jump Scrap!3 Little ButtonsMummuddlingthrough

32 thoughts on “Insta-Mum – A Guest Post by The Brightness of These Days

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely introduction and for sharing my rhyme. Fabulous series!

    Your parter in rhyme (credit to you for that one!) xx

  2. Lovely! One of fhe best thing about us all having phones now has to be always having a camera at hand. No more “I wish I had a camera with me” moments. #marvmondays

  3. Oh I adore Nicole and am a huge fan! Oh I so so agree about living in the moment and not having to “inst” it or get the perfect snap for “insta”. Interestingly, I’ve just written a post about this from my teen’s perspective as she said she finds it so frustrating being with her friends sometimes as all they do is take photos to pop on social media – they don’t live in the moment enough – we were chatting about my teen years and what we did and I think they were a little bit envious – so there may be light at the end of the tunnel in my house with how much social media stalking goes on – well I can live in hope! Fab post #marvmondays

  4. Love this. What a fab pairing!! It’s so true, sometimes we are too focussed on getting things to look just right or getting the perfect picture and we do need to focus on living in the moment more. I hope our kids realise that it’s important to just enjoy what you’re doing regardless of whether you can get a decent picture.

  5. Aaaah, Brilliant!! A fabulous edition to this new series!! I’m totally with you on this-I put off joining Instagram because I didn’t want to be THAT person, always trying to get the children in the right shot (I don’t show their faces because I’m still anonymous, so that might make it a little easier!) but I gave in and joined up, and now have to stop myself trying to find stuff to photograph when we are out-I’ve got to stop myself turning into the person I didn’t want to be!! I think everyone will agree with you, I don’t think anyone will be offended by your take on it-it’s refreshingly honest!

    1. I’m with you. I don’t really do instagram which is probably a good thing as I only seem to capture blurry back of head shots anyway (which are actually ok for me as I like to keep the kids anonymous too!) Thanks for your comment lovely x

  6. What a hoot! I’ve always got my phone poised at the right moment, generally though one of them shoves his finger up his nose in time for the ‘perfect shot’. I have a dslr camera too and learning how to use anything other than the auto option is on my list also. Let me know when you master it and tell me your pearls of knowledge ?? Gem (aka Colleyswobbles) X #marvmondays

  7. Aww, I do think now that I am blogging I can get a little too focused on getting the perfect shot. But, I try to just take tons of photos, because at least one in 100 is bound to be perfect without too much setup or prodding right? #dreamteam

  8. I’m another one guilty of this! Although my kids do it just a much too actually! ? Great rhyme! I really enjoyed reading!

  9. Ah Nicole popped up on my Twitter feed earlier actually re the awards votes and I do know of her but need to ‘check her out’ properly so to speak. This poem made me giggle and erm squirm lol. Yep I’m an instamum. #BigPinkLink

  10. I think I’m a bit of both…sometimes I completely forget to capture the moments and other times I’m obsessed. Getting the balance is key I reckon!! Fun post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  11. Argh the curse of the Insta Mum! I try and basically limit what I insta…only three posts a day so I can just be in the moment with my gal, and largely not even photos of my girl. But it is so easy to become that Insta Mum isn’t it! Thanks so much for linking up this fab guest post to #coolmumclub xx

  12. Oooh a fab rhyme Nicole. Both myself and the Mr are always snapping photos of everything. To keep a balance, I usually only allow the proper camera out when we are going somewhere special. Little Button also has her own camera for snapping…so she gets to be behind the pics as well as in them if she likes. I think Mr Button secretly wants her to be a photographer.

    Loving the badge Dawn! Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam

  13. As with everything, it’s all about balance.
    Unfortunately, I’ve been known to go a little over the top with the photos, trying to document every last moment. I’ve slowed down a bit, trying to live in the moment, but with cameras literally on everything, it can be difficult! This is such a great, eye-opening little rhyme. Thanks for sharing (: #coolmumclub

    1. Thank you for reading Savannah. I must admit my photo obsession has slowed down over the last year or so. I have literally thousands of baby pics. I think it’s just because neither of them sit still for long enough now haha xx

  14. I love this! Great idea for a feature 🙂 Great rhyme too, who would have thought there were so many talented rhyming mummies out there. I love this one about the world of instagram, I can completely related to this and have often caught myself when I have gotten slightly obsessed with getting the right shot or videoing something for our you tube channel instead of actually enjoying and being in the moment with my family. Its an ongoing challenge to find the right balance! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays, lovely to have you back! Emily

  15. Great post! It’s hard these days, with the bombardment of technology, to resist the urge to document every single moment, but I do try not to “stage” photos and I only keep them for me and my family (I don’t post pics online). When the twins were first born, I went photo crazy, terrified I’d forget what they looked like as babies once they’d grown up. Within the first 6 months I had nearly a thousand, it was ridiculous! I realised it was unsustainable (especially as I do like to print them) so now I’m more selective (and don’t want to see them growing up through a lense only), plus I delete photos that are effectively duplicates of the same shot. My mom always says she misses the days of old fashioned cameras! Wisdom!:)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.