This is a camera guide for moms who are looking for a small, compact camera. If you feel like a DSLR is too big, heavy, expensive, or confusing, then you should consider a compact camera that might fit your needs better. Granted, I am still a big believer in learning how to use a DSLR, but these are the cameras I recommend for people who are looking for a compact camera.
A quick word about “compact cameras” versus “point & shoot” cameras: the consumer world has incorrectly lumped anything that is not a DSLR into the point & shoot category. Yes, many basic cameras are so simplified that all you can do is point it at something and shoot. Obviously, this is the type of camera that causes frustration for many parents. But there are plenty of compact/small, cameras that feature extra controls, scene modes, and even aperture/shutter/manual priority modes…they just aren’t cheap. So keep it in mind that you’re probably looking for a compact camera, not just a point & shoot.