There’s something special about looking back through treasures from your childhood. A long-forgotten picture or a story that you wrote in fifth grade takes you right back to memories of your youth and family. Wouldn’t it be great to preserve such recollections for each of your children?
Consider these suggestions for collecting and preserving cherished memories of childhood for your kids:
- Obtain a box for each child’s keepsakes. If you already have a designated storage space for each child’s memorabilia, it’ll be easy and convenient to stash whatever you like for your child’s “memory bank.”
- The box can be as large as you have space to keep it. Decorative boxes of all sizes and shapes are available at your local crafts store.
- Or consider purchasing one of those plastic drawer storage units from your local big box store. Then, label each drawer with your children’s names. When you have something you want to preserve for that child, just open the drawer and drop it in.
- Save school papers and projects. Put the date, the grade in school your child was in at the time he wrote the paper and his teacher’s name on the back of the papers you want to save.
- Depending on how specific you want to be, you can even include the school attended at the time and the address where you live.
- Preserve special photo memories. You can use computer storage for files of pictures for each child. Back up your pictures each month to a flash drive or an external hard drive.
- Or you can take pictures, print what you like, and date them on the back of the print. If you like, record a brief description detailing the event depicted in the photo.
- Store hard-copy pictures in the child’s memory box. Storing them in a fireproof safe or safe deposit box at your bank will protect them from loss or ruin.
- Document special events. Another fun way to preserve your children’s memories is to document your observations and thoughts about your child’s experiences. Recording one or two page stories depicting events will be invaluable later.
- So many people would love to recall more about their childhoods. You can make it happen for your own children by taking a little time now to occasionally document occurrences for them.
- Events to write about might be the more obvious successes at school, dance recitals and sports games.
- However, writing about a struggle your child had with another child or your decision to allow your child to quit music lessons at his urging make poignant memories for your kids to read about later on.
- Even a funny or provocative question a child asked makes lovely fodder for the memory box.
- Record snippets of your child’s experiences through your writing, picture taking and video. Modern technology can make documentation of your children’s memories simple and streamlined.
Being able to sit down together and sort through a now-grown son or daughter’s memory box is a heart-warming and special bonding experience.
Do everything you can to make and stockpile special moments for your children. You’ll reflect on those events years later and your kids will cherish your efforts for the rest of their lives. Use these methods to collect your children’s memories. You’ll be so glad that you did!