With technology ever present in our lives, it’s doesn’t take much effort to snap pictures on a smartphone and store photographs and milestones. But what about the funny things they have said or done? How are you preserving those memories?
Some of you might keep a journal, write letters to your children to open when they are older, or you may even email them. I recently created email accounts for my daughters to preserve their childhood memories. I started out with journals and when something amazing or silly happened, I wrote it down. Then I would forget to do it and it was a cycle of continuing to forget. I didn’t want to forget how awesome, silly and amazing they were so I thought an email account might be easier. I am on a computer all day anyway.
Creating an email account for your kids is a great idea for several reasons. By creating an email early you get to reserve their name hopefully before it’s taken and you have to add those silly underscores, symbols and numbers. It’s also, for me, the easiest way to keep an online journal for them to read when they are older and can appreciate the memories.
Now, you might want to create two email addresses for them. I know you are questioning this, but hear me out. Go ahead and reserve their first and last name at gmail.com. This account can then turn into their daily account for school and friends. Then create a second account titled dear, with their name, for example, email@example.com. Make sense? You can also give this email address to the grandparents or other family members. When your child is old enough, tell them about their email address and let them read the emails they’ve accumulated through the years.
Can you imagine the impact this will have in your childs life when they are adults and their grandparents, parents, or friends have passed? They can relive their words as often as they wish.
Here are some other great ideas on preserving childhood memories:
- Question them. Write out a list of “interview” questions for your child such as their favorite food or their favorite holiday memory. Collect their answers yearly and keep them in a binder or album.
- Organize it. It takes a considerable amount of time, but albums that chronicle each year of your child’s life are beautiful keepsakes that can be placed on a shelf or coffee table. There are countless websites to make your own albums. MyPublisher creates exceptional, high-quality albums.
- Online Scrapbooks. Scrapbooking is fun, but it can also be expensive and time-consuming (not to mention that not all of us have been blessed with the creative gene!). Sites like ScrapBlog (www.scrapblog.com) and SmileBox (www.smilebox.com) let you create unique scrapbooks featuring your best baby and family photos.
- T-Shirt Quilts. Your child is going to go through a lot of clothes during his or her lifetime, and instead of throwing these items away or donating them, you can use them to preserve your child’s memories. Keep shirts or other articles of clothing that can help jog a memory for your child, and then use these items to create a t-shirt quilt.
- Keep a video diary. You don’t have to be a show producer to keep a video diary. Record the moments you never want to forget and always be ready to capture the moments that might end up being a little funnier than you expected!