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Young children are naturally curious as they grow and learn to explore the world around them. Their investigative minds may see the wonder of flour being spilled onto the kitchen floor for finger drawings, or discover in mom’s makeup bag a new set of art tools for the bathroom sink or mirror. As adults, we might come upon such situations in shock and think immediately of the required clean-up or replacement cost for anything potentially ruined. We may feel exasperated in such moments—particularly with our above-average explorers who seem to frequently find themselves in similar circumstances.

Katie Miller shared a wonderful solution to defusing frustration or anger as young children are learning. When Katie was young and would get into a big mess or sticky situation, her mother, instead of reacting harshly, chose to laugh and get out the camera. Such instances were so frequent that they became known as those “don’t-get-mad-get-the-camera” moments, and the evidence is enshrined throughout old photo albums. As a mother herself, Katie has practiced getting out the camera, and she reports that it has saved many hurt words and harsh tones from her children’s ears, preventing unnecessary divisions.

Katie’s suggestion has benefited us, and we are passing it along in hopes that it can be of value for you as well. We would love to hear about your don’t-get-mad-get-the-camera experiences! Post your photos along with a brief description on our Facebook timeline, or send them to We will be collecting photos and descriptions throughout the month of March, and at the end of the month, we will randomly select five contributors for a free one-year subscription for themselves or for a friend.

Note: Katie Miller’s story, “Don’t get mad. Get the camera!” will be published in the spring 2013 Issue No 21. To receive your copy, order a subscription here by March 19.



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