Many parents are known for carrying family pictures in their wallets. What you may not know is that it is actually a good idea for you, as a parent, to keep family pictures in your wallet. Here’s a look at the advantages associated with keeping photos of your kids in your wallet.
More Likely To Be Returned
My husband is fond of the saying, “A father is a man who has photos of his children where his money used to be.” He says it jokingly, but there’s actually something to this saying. In a psychological study, hundreds of wallets were intentionally dropped in public locations. (1) All of the wallets had common items (store club cards, bus tickets, etc.), but none of them had any money in them. Some of the wallets had pictures inside, including baby pictures. Of the wallets with baby pictures, almost 90% were returned! This is much higher than the return rate for wallets that were identical only without a picture (about 15% return rate). If you lose your wallet, you are a lot more likely to see it again if there’s a picture of your baby inside.
OK, we all know that it can be obnoxious to work with someone who is constantly showing off family photos. On the other hand, there are times when it is genuinely useful to have a family photo or picture of your kid on hand. It may be that you run into a friend that you haven’t seen in awhile, have a conversation with a colleague, or meet someone new. There are situations when it is a good thing to have pictures to show off.
Entertain Your Kids
If you have young children, there are times when you are not at home and you need to keep them entertained. For example, I have been sat in a doctor’s waiting room with a bored toddler before. It can be helpful to have an easy way on hand to keep your kid entertained and make them feel special.
Most kids love seeing pictures of themselves, and even babies like looking at family photographs. Having family photos in your wallet means that you always have an instant source of entertainment to pull out and show your kids. Also, it will make them feel special to know that you carry their picture around with you.
Keep Your Priorities
Having a picture of your family on you at all times means that you have a constant reminder of your family. This can help you to feel closer to them even when you’re at work, and help to keep your family at the top of your priorities.