Today’s debate topic
Does checking the box to request that your child’s blemishes be removed from her school photo send the wrong message to her?
Lisa weighs in
I’ve always been baffled by this option on the school picture order forms. I remember the first time I saw it, I was shocked. And maybe a bit *too* shocked as I’m always erring on the side of being uber-careful about anything surrounding the way a child looks. (Let’s just say certain adults weren’t always so careful when I was growing up.)
And while I think the photography studio must mean well (they want to give parents options and some parents do want this one), I think it’s a really, really (really!) bad idea. It absolutely sends the wrong message to a child. By saying you want your child’s photo re-touched, you are essentially telling her that she could look better. She’s a child, not a cover model for Vogue.
Sure, no one wants blemishes on their face and everyone, even children as they get older, wants to take the best photo possible, but it’s their school photo. It’s meant to capture them as they really looked — at the time they were photographed. What’s next? Offering makeup? A fan blowing their hair to make them look more model-esque? Special lighting?
Say it like you mean it!
So what do you think… should kids get their school photos enhanced? Am I overreacting?