Well it looks like parental outsourcing has reached a new level. Not only can we now hire people to potty train our kids, help them with their homework, and teach them to ride a bike, there are now professionals waiting in the wings to come in and film our home videos for us – for upwards of $10,000.
In this new trend, several videography companies have been popping up that provide a number of services, ranging from organizing your own family videos into a compilation to actually coming into your home over the course of a year and filming your family. While I have to admit that the video birth announcements some of these companies offer are a cute idea, I’d be wary of spending thousands of dollars to have a documentary-style film made about my child’s life.
Maybe it’s just me, but this seems a little extravagant. Some people don’t spend that much having their weddings videotaped. Plus it sounds a little intrusive. I mean do I really want to celebrate Junior’s first steps with a production crew? And what about the fun that goes into making your own home videos – the sense of bonding, the laughs, and, sometimes most importantly, those great outtakes. After all, some of the best moments of home videos are those that probably wouldn’t make the cut in a professionally filmed movie.
Alarmingly, this seems to be indicative of a larger trend – one where we feel the need to compete with other families and strive to be the best - to have the best kids and the most expensive toys. One where we are willing to put just about anything into that dream to make it a reality. Except time, that is. Are we really so weary of parenting that there’s no longer any joy in breaking out the camcorder and filming our own kids? As parents in today’s world, we have the opportunity to hire a team of experts to raise our children. But is that a good thing?
Perhaps most importantly, though, we should be concerned with what lesson this teaches our children. That with enough money, we’ll never have to lift a finger? That parents don’t necessarily need to invest any of their own time into raising their children? Or maybe even that they are more important than others and deserve constant attention - for, after having their life documented like a reality TV show, it’s possible kids will take on the attitudes of those Hollywood celebrities everyone loves to hate.
Filming home videos and sitting down now and then to watch them and reminisce is something all families should do. But last time I checked, meaningful family memories didn’t involve a professional camera crew.
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