How to Save Childhood Memories for You and Your Children
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Most moms are short on time, and long on things to do. As a new mom, and after you get a routine, you find time to quickly glue a picture in the baby book you are keeping for your child. You pencil in baby's firsts, growth, etc.
As your child grows, you try to continue this tradition. I wanted everything written, recorded, and saved from my children's lives. I did the best I could, and when they were a bit older, I pushed for even better. I wrote a journal through their years, saving ticket stubs and such as reminders of the fun we had together.
Some people scrapbook. I like to slide pictures in an album or save them on my computer and a disc, and forget it! I have no interest in scrap-booking. I'm creative, but don't have the time for that kind of creative!
Most people do baby books for their children, but what about after? Try doing a school years book. It's simple, and doesn't require much time. Glue a picture in for each year, slide awards in the sleeve, write your child's accomplishments, and you have saved their memories.
A Lot of Saved Information in One Book
The school years book offers a place for a lot of information that you want to remember. As you can see from the picture, you can remember a lot of facts from that particular school year that are easy to forget.
I often refer to the book my mother made for me to compare my weight and height at a certain age to the same age of my children. It's close with my daughter, but compare my son, and he passes me often. He's already passed me in height, and he's only going to be a freshman!
This type of book is fairly inexpensive, quick and easy to use, and saves a lot of special memories. I highly recommend this as a way to keep childhood memories.
My mother even saved my times table tests from third grade. I got a 6+. Many don't even know what 6+ is anymore. I believe most schools have gone to A+. My kids laugh and have fun looking at my pictures from the years past.
I look and remember the things of my youth that I have already forgotten at my age of forty. I see my school pictures, and I see my children's similarities. I often think they don't look much like me, but then I see things in my old pictures that make me know they are mine. A grin, a missing tooth, or a hairstyle can bring forth the characteristics we share.
I am so glad my mother made those books for me. I am even happier that I made them for my children, so they can enjoy them too.
Some things you can write to remember.
-names of schools
-first day of school
-age, height, weight
-awards & achievements
-clubs & activities
School Years Book
Items My Mother Saved In My School Years Book
Other Things to Save for School Years Book
My mother saved a lot of things I don't believe most people save. I had a perfect attendance award, a read-a-thon award, class photo etc. I never would have remembered those things if I didn't have a keepsake of it.
I save my children's orchestra and band programs, report cards, even love notes from girls who adore my son at one point or another.
I cannot keep it all in those books, so I started a large plastic container with a lid full of every item from their youth. I even have a school made bug keeper in there!
Life is short, and will pass you by before you know it. I love getting that container out once in a while to remember and smile.
A Special Keepsake-A Journal Of Memories
When my son was in first grade, his teacher gave each child a small book with a photo on the cover she had taken. She had them draw and write things in the book. I loved it because he gave it to me for mother's day, and he wrote a question every couple of pages for me to answer. I'm supposed to give the book back to him when he is older. That was in 2006, and I am still writing things down in that journal.
I have written the ongoing score of a football game, how many baskets he made in basketball, how we read together on the couch one Sunday afternoon, and more. As I read through it, I find so many good times. Some I barely remember now. I'm so glad I have the book to remind me.
I have put ticket stubs from just about anything in them to remind the kids what we did when they were young.
This book idea was such a good idea, I copied it for my daughter. Later, I found a version you could give to your parents for them to write their memories down, and give back to you. I bought one for my dad who tells me often he has written another entry in his book for me. I cannot wait to read it, and I know that's how my kids will feel about the journals I am writing for them now.
I realized that this journal even gives prices of movies and activities we did on the ticket stubs, so they can compare what I paid back when they were kids to the current day.
Ticket Stubs Saved
Bring On The Tears
Other Ways to Save Memories
I have some other ideas to save memories. My children's schools often offered these ideas, but I highly suggest them for anyone to do on their own as well.
My daughter went to Girl Scout camp one summer, and made this stepping stone with all kinds of items put into it before the concrete dried. I have it proudly displayed out in my landscaping by the front door. I don't want anyone to miss such art! It's beautiful.
My son made a trivet at school for me for Christmas. I get it out to set hot things on, and remember that special Christmas. It's useful and memorable.
We turned my daughter's artwork into a flag to hang outside the house. Her artwork sometimes made it to the art show at school, and I didn't want to forget that. The flag helps me to remember.
You can do these things through school or you can do them with your child. It would be fun to make things together. You will remember the time spent together and the item will remind you of your child at that age.
Instructions For Saving the Best Memories
- Save everything your kids bring home.
- Start a container to save precious art and other memorable items.
- Weed out things over the years. Some things are more special than others.
- Enjoy to the fullest as your children get older.
Enjoy The Memories
No matter what you do to save your memories, enjoy them. Even when children are still little, get out their old projects and cherish them. They won't remain little forever.
There are lots of ideas to save memories. These are just a few of mine. As my children move on to high school, I am reaping the benefits from their younger days.