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Recording Memories

Recording Memories

Documenting our children’s early years can be great for everyone; for looking back nostalgically in later life, not allowing memories to fade and for embarrassing our teenagers in front of their future friends. It can be great fun to look back on but not necessarily so fun to create. To help keep the enjoyment of making and reminiscing we’ve created this short page of tips and tricks to help you along the way to ensure your laughter will be forever.

One of the main hurdles in documentation is working out what to document: making sure you don’t record too much, but neither too little, so here are a few ideas to help you along the way:

Learning

Why?

Our youngster’s progression through life is key to them, and allowing them to see how they have developed through education will be extremely precious to them in later life. It can also help education in later life by teaching our adult children how to effectively help their own children by seeing what benefited them.

How?

Getting your toddler to do a drawing a month and putting these into a portfolio can be a great way to do this while still encouraging their learning. Another way can be to keep to simply keep one piece of work done at nursery at regular intervals to easily show their progression. They’ll love to be able to easily be shown their progression and see (hopefully!) how far they’ve come from toddler years to adult life.

Play

Why?

Seeing our little ones idle away is one of the delightful to see, they love it now and they’ll love it in the future too – apart from the inevitable embarrassing few… but everyone else loves them! Seeing themselves muck around with old friends is a priceless thing and these moments cannot be missed.

How?

This one might seem obvious: take photos of course! But it’s how you put them together that counts: resulting in the best-looking memories around. Doing a photobook with handwritten captions can be a lovely way to document these giving them an authentic feel while making them easy as ever to produce at a moment’s notice. Another way can be to put them into a slideshow every 4 months or so with your child’s favourite song at that period of their life.

Family

Why?

Family comes first, and this will be the same throughout our infant’s lives into adulthood. It’s always nice to look back on family life and drown in nostalgia as the memories come flooding back. It can provide them with a foundation for their own family in later life while providing you with a way to be with them forever even when you aren’t.

How?

Home videos can be a great way to do this. Silly videos of absolutely anything can be the perfect window for everyone to travel back in time and appreciate the fun times of old in the present. The best way to go about this is to not think about it! Taking out your phone and taking a quick video whenever and wherever is sure to produce some absolute gold at some point which will give timeless entertainment to you and your children in years to come.

Development

Why?

Being able to see how our children’s face has changed shape or how their feet have grown can be an intriguingly interesting way to look back at the early years for us and our child and can also result in some pretty cool artwork!

How?

Doing prints of your child’s feet and hands on paper every month or year will result in some amazing collages, alternatively doing them on mugs or bowls can result in mementos that will last a life time. Another creative way to document the changes of your child can be to take a picture of their face every month in the same position, if these are put into a video you’ll be able to be able to see right in front of your eyes the changes to your child. If this can be kept going it will create a stunning glimpse at the amazing development of your youngster into a mature teen. – a little something you won’t necessarily notice day to day.

So, these are our tips for keeping a record of your child. Got any of your own? Share them with us on Facebook  and Twitter !

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