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In today's world of social media, we're often presented with "picture perfect" shots of parents with their kids perfectly posed. And yes, those are incredible shots that you'll treasure forever. But one mom is reminding all the partners out there that there's more to making memories than getting the "perfect" shot.

In fact, there's perfection in imperfection.

Cyndy Gatewood took to Facebook to urge dads everywhere to "just take the picture" of his children's mother, even if she's "on day four of dry shampoo."

via: Facebook

"Dear Dads, I know you're holding your phone right now. You probably always have your phone in your hand or at least in your pocket. Do her a favor and take more pictures. No, not screenshots of a funny meme you just saw on Twitter. I'm talking about pictures of her. The mother of your children. The love of your life. The one who works so hard to hold it all together for your precious family. Take more pictures of her. One night when she's laying in bed reading a story to your daughter, whip out your phone and take a picture. Without warning. Without posing.

Just take the picture.

When she's in the kitchen talking to your son about his day, take the picture. If she's rolling around on the floor with the kids or helping one with their homework, take the picture. Time goes by so fast and everyday these sweet babies are getting older and older. Before we know it, they'll be packing up their cars and moving off to college. Take the picture. One day she'll be gone and all the kids have left of her are memories. Take the picture. Take the pictures to show them the love she had for them. Take the pictures so they can always remember how silly she was. Take the pictures so they can see how beautiful she was. It doesn't matter if she's in her pajamas and on day 4 of dry shampoo, please, take the picture.

My mom passed away when I was 20 years old.

All I have are pictures. I stare at the pictures of her holding me in her lap laughing at something cute I must have said. I zoom in on pictures of her hands to see if I have the same ones as I've gotten older. You can't capture things like that in a selfie. Please, take the picture. I know you don't always think about it, but when you do, don't worry about anything else and just take the picture. Your kids (and your wife) will be so grateful in the end." Her post has been shared more than 151,500 times, with more than 32,000 comments — most of which from women who are tagging their significant other. So in case you need another reminder — take the perfectly imperfect picture.