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    As long as there are cars and families, there will be family road trips. And just like in the olden days of our childhoods, there are still those classic road trip moments today that simply have to be captured on camera (and cameraphone and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and ...). Things may look a little different now than in the days of 35mm film, but the need to capture those irresistible pit stops and roadside views from the family vacation remains the same.

    Let's take a look at some of those classic snapshots from then and their modern, must-have versions.

    Happy travels!

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    Model Stephanie Seymour is hot, hot, hot. She's 45, and when you look at her, you're not like, Oh, she's hot and 45. No. She's just hot. Case closed. But I don't care how gorgeous you are, if you're the mom of a 17-year-old boy and 20-year-old young man, there are certain things you don't do. Like pose in magazines wearing black lingerie, while your boys stand beside you, faithfully helping to tie your super-sexy, corset-style thigh-high stockings. No, Stephanie. Just no. 

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    There are plenty of things we do as mothers that will probably embarrass our kids when they get older. The way we talk. How we want to hug and kiss goodbye. When we cry at dance recitals. The photos we take. And in this age of social media, there are so many photos out there of our kids doing all kinds of things. Pooping on the potty. Picking noses. Making really strange faces. Breastfeeding. All things that if someone posted of us, we'd be mortified, but because it's a kid, it's cute, it's natural, it's beautiful even. Then there are those intimate moments that happen that are so unique to mother and child -- and Elinor Carucci created a photo diary series called "Mother" that captured images from when her twins were in the womb until 8 years old. The images are not without controversy.

    One photo shows her son who seems to be around 5 pulling down her underwear and marveling at what he sees. 

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    We all do it: Flood our friends' newsfeeds with the latest and greatest snaps of our precious progeny.

    Ostensibly, we do it so, you know, we can keep everyone updated.

    No, I don't think my kids are better than yours. This is just what's going on in my LIFE, thank you very much.

    But whether we admit it to ourselves or not, the moment you click "upload," you usually have some very specific people in mind.

    For instance ...

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    The other day a friend of mine posted a photo of her daughter on a popular photo-sharing social media platform. It was a cute, spontaneous image -- the girl's mouth was wide open in an ear-to-ear grin, and her eyebrows were raised to comical heights as she reacted to something off-camera. On closer inspection, however, something was a little ... odd. She was sitting in the backseat of a car, and a metallic strip running along the door next to her reflected her face in a freakishly distorted manner. It was like a funhouse mirror that revealed an alternate-dimension version of her, where her features were exaggerated into a ghostly, inhuman scream.

    I came thisclose to typing something like, "OMG, look at Jane's reflection in the door! So weird!" but I stopped myself just in time. Because doing so would have been a violation of The Number One Most Critical Rule of Commenting on Photos of Children, the all-important guideline that no one -- and I mean NO ONE -- ever adheres to.

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    If there's one thing my dad did well as a parent, it was taking tons of photos of my mom and me. In fact, he took a lot of pictures of my mom with all three of her children together.

    Now that I'm a parent, and pretty much the family photographer, I can probably count the number of photos I have of me with my four kids on my two hands. And I can't tell you how much this bothers me, especially since my favorite photos from my childhood are the ones taken with my mother.

    So here's how I'm changing that, and how you can too.

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    When photographer Jamie Moore was looking for inspiration for a portrait series for her daughter's fifth birthday she saw a lot of princesses. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Moore says she loves princesses. It's just that... "It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too," she writes in her blog. "REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better."

    So Moore went through photos of brave women who changed the world so that her daughter could be anything she wants to be -- an astronaut, a President, a doctor. She narrowed the list down to "five amazing, strong women" and used the photos to take portraits of her daughter inspired by the originals. The result is an incredible visual love letter to all our little girls and the women who paved the way for us all. You have to see this portrait series, "Not Just a Girl."

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    If you don't think this is hands-down the sweetest story you've heard all week year, I'll ... never mind, you WILL think this is the sweetest story you've heard all ... ever. Even if it does start out borderline heartbreaking: See, 13-year-old Latrell Higgins was adopted two years ago by a family in Florida. That's not the heartbreaking part, of course. Because the adoption of an older foster child by a loving family is pure happiness. The sad part came later, one night during dinner when Latrell's mom, Kelli Higgins (a professional photographer), brought up an upcoming newborn photo shoot on her schedule. Latrell said, simply, that he wished he had photos of himself as a baby.

    That gave Kelli's 12-year-old daughter an idea. An amazingly wonderful idea.

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    Fact: If I had rippled abs, thunder-less thighs, and impeccable triceps just a year after I had my first kid, I’d be splashed across the cover of something too. The coupon circular, the free paper they give away on the subway, something. Best believe someone would be seeing the miracle that would be my body. Heck, I’m still trying to lose my baby weight and Girl Child is 14 now. So Beyonce’s GQ spread is a big yahoo for all moms out there who’ve fought the good fight of pregnancy and childbirth and still come out with a smokin’ hot figure.

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    As we ring in the brand New Year, I can't help but marvel at how fast time flies. With each year that passes, so does the childhood of my daughters, which any mom knows can be the most bittersweet part of motherhood. As I reflect on the past and look to the future, my heart overflows with all the things I want my girls to grow up knowing. I can't help but get teary when I think of all the messages I hope they carry with throughout their lives.

    I don't want another day to go by without them reading these important words. These are the hopes and wishes I want to share with my kids, today and this year and every year after that.

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