Preserving Memories of Your Growing Children
As we watch our children grow, myriad moments happen that we are sure we will treasure forever. However, from the time that little Johnny called the llama, “Daddy”, to the time that toddler Janie was found fast asleep on top of your golden retriever, treasured memories that we want to remember forever can fade or alter with time . . . unless we do something to preserve these memories. In this blog, we will provide tips to preserve treasured memories of your growing children.
- 1. Have a camera with you at all times. For most of us, this is easily accomplished as most cellular telephones come complete with built-in digital cameras. When Johnny or Janie does something cute, snap a quick picture of it. Have the pictures printed at least monthly: don’t let so much time elapse between taking the pictures and getting them printed that you no longer recall the details about the picture.
- 2. Maintain a scrapbook or notebook of memories you wish to preserve. This document is akin to a baby book, but it’s intended to record memories beyond the “baby” stage. In this document, you can record the llama incident, the Janie-golden retriever bonding opportunity, and all your other treasured memories. These events should be recorded at the time that they occur or as shortly thereafter as is practical. This prevents the memory fade that can occur far more quickly than most of us would like to admit. Just a few quick sentences is all you need to record in your book. For example, “Little Johnny has learned to say Daddy, but, by calling this llama Daddy, we can assume that he is somewhat unclear on the meaning of Daddy. LOL!” Don’t forget to date your entries. You can date them by the actual date on which the event occurred (i.e., 2-17-2006) or by the age of the child at the time that the event occurred (i.e., Johnny, 1 year, 3 months). Once your pictures (see #1 above) are printed, you can post the pictures in your scrapbook/notebook. (NOTE: you should maintain one scrapbook/notebook for each of your children.)
- 3. If you have a cam corder (or a cellular telephone that has a cam corder built in), you can record video footage of special moments to remember: Janie’s first piano recital, Johnny’s first wrestling match . . . these are the kinds of events that are great for video footage. This footage can be downloaded to your computer and stored until you have enough to fill a DVD. Once you have a full DVD burned (videos on the DVD should be chronologically ordered), you can place the DVD in the scrapbook/notebook referenced in #2 above. (NOTE: each DVD that you make should focus on one child at a time. So, one DVD could be labeled, “Johnny, ages 2-5″ while another could be labeled, “Janie, ages 4-6″. If a particular video features both of your children, it can be on both Johnny’s and Janie’s DVD’s.)
- 4. Keepsakes can be even small, apparently trivial items. When little Johnny had a giggling fit because he discovered feathers, you can place the feather that made Johnny laugh in his scrapbook/notebook. The feather can accompany the photograph of giggling Johnny, two or three sentences explaining the event, and the date of the event.
By preserving treasured memories of your growing children in the above referenced manner, you can ensure that time will not alter or erase any of these treasures. (Additionally, when your children are grown, the scrapbooks/notebooks make great gifts for your then-grown children.)
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