It all depends on your perspective. Mom thinks one way, the kids the other.
From a photographic perspective, this image shows an example of how an ultra-wide angle lens can be used around the house. You can shoot in tight spaces or move in close to emphasize a subject in the frame.
I don't often shoot at f/22 due to the softness brought on by diffraction, but did so in this case to keep as much of the frame in focus as possible.