Today I'm sharing 5 Fun Ways To Preserve Childhood Memories!
Last week when I was sharing some of my favorite Bringing Up Bates family mottos I shared some of our own Walton Family Mottos as well. I started thinking about what it would be like to have my entire life documented for the world to see. Sure, as a blogger I document many stories from our life, but not everything. Not only that, but I get to choose which pictures you see, and I am not usually in the pictures myself. I don't have to sit in front of cameras, and you don't usually hear my voice. I keep it as comfortable as I want it to be.
I'll never forget to look back at old family VHS tapes from my childhood and hearing myself. Oh man, talk about embarrassing. My southern twang was B-A-D! It's funny though because I wouldn't trade those tapes for the world. They make me smile, and they remind me of who I was. I feel the same way about the tapes I have of my children. I love documenting my children's lives. As they get older, I have to be careful about how I go about doing that, but I think I can still find ways to save those memories while respecting their privacy!
Today in honor of Brining Up Bates unique way of preserving memories and making every moment count I would like to share some of my ideas with you. These are just a few fun ways to preserve childhood memories for your children for years to come.
5 Fun Ways To Preserve Childhood Memories:
1. Purchase a domain name and start a blog on it. Using their name so something like shastawalton.com. Document the things that happen in their lives and when they are old enough turn it over to them. You can make it private, so no one else has access to it. One day being able to purchase your own name as a .com will be a thing of the past so this would be a great gift to give while you still can!
2. Start a facebook account and do the same thing. You can even invite family to be a part of it, and their family members can leave them messages. I have a family member that has done this for both of her children. Imagine going back and being able to read messages that family members wrote to you when you were just a toddler. Especially if they pass away before you get a chance to know them. On these accounts, she documents the funny things they say and videos of the cute things they do. It's a pretty awesome way to share their own childhood memories with them when they are older.
3. 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!
4. Scrapbook their memories. This is a more common method and one my mom still does for all of us. I love getting scrapbooks from my mom because they are so full of her own creativity and love.
5. Tell your children stories. One of my favorite ways to share memories is by story-telling. Sure as the years go by memories start to fade and stories may begin to change a little but sharing family stories with your children is just another memory in itself. Be present and spend time with your children retelling their birth story and funny stories about them and their siblings. They will love it!
I love the age we live in right now. We live in a time where sharing in other people's stories is so much easier than it used to be. I feel like being able to step outside of our own families and into the homes of others reminds us that the world is such a big place and that we are not alone in our struggles.
I loved watching the Bates family help Michaella say "Yes" to the Dress! It was hilarious because the guys were all so impatient, but then when she found the perfect dress everyone was so supportive and of course dad started crying and it was just such a special moment. I felt honored to be a part of it even if I was on the other side of the screen.
If you haven't watched the episode, you can see it here.
Season four is sure to be packed with many moments that will make me cry, laugh, and rejoice with this family I don't even know. If you haven't seen the first episode, I won't spoil it for you, but there were some teary-eyed moments in it when the kids welcomed Gil home. If you are unsure what channel UP is for your area, click here.
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