13/01/2014 13:48 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Why Aren't There More Photographs Of You, Mummy?

Frugal Family

I know I'm not alone in this but I don't like having my photo taken. I'm much more comfortable being the person behind the camera.

I love taking photos and I always have a camera within my reach. The kids are now so used to me taking photos of them, that they know to just to get on with what they're doing and let me click away.

I've been a bit obsessed with recording memories since the kids were born and one of the best things we ever bought was a camcorder, as we now have lots of DVDs filled with moments from when the kids were tiny, - all with me behind the camera of course.

The kids love watching the films with us and hearing about the funny things they did when they were little. While personally, I find it funny to see that my memories of how smooth things went when I had two children in nappies is in no way the same as the reality that you see on the videos! Seriously, bulging nappies, porridge on the floor, toys everywhere - nothing like what I remember in my head of perfect parenting in the early years.

Anyway, the other night my son was watching some of the DVDs when he turned to me and asked me why I wasn't in many of the videos. He said it would have been lovely to have seen more of me so he could look back on it when he was grown up.

That made me really sad because as I've said before, one of my most treasured possessions is a video I have of my sixth birthday party which has my Mam, Brother and Nana in it. Listening to it with my eyes shut means that I can almost feel them in the room with me.

I want my children to look back on their childhood and see photos of me with them enjoying all the things we've done so I've resolved to make sure that every now and again, I'm on the other side of the camera.

Cass and I write The Diary of a Frugal Family. I write because I want to make sure that we don't forget a single one of the memories that we make as a family

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