Moms are amazing. We remember everything. The first time our child took a step, the first time they said "mama," the first time they drew a picture - we remember it all! And we want to preserve those memories for as long as possible. But sometimes, it's hard to come up with new and creative ways to do that. Well, don't worry, because we're here to help!
There is No Right Way Mama:
What do you want your children to remember about you? Your favorite color, that time you laughed so hard you cried, or that trip you took to the Grand Canyon? We all have things we want our children to know about us.
How about you write a letter or email explaining those stories or memories special to you. You can even include pictures of each memory if there are any! The great thing about this option is that it's free easy-to-do right now (before bed).
Simply grab a piece of paper or sit down at your computer, and whatever works best for you is fine! Start writing what comes naturally; don't worry about grammar rules because this isn't going anywhere near an editor anytime soon.
The Valuables Aren't Going Anywhere:
Most of us moms end up giving away many of our child's clothes and toys as they grow out of them or no longer want them. It can be hard to part with items that have such strong sentimental value, but what are you going to do?
This is where storage units come in extremely handy. You can rent storage units near your home. Just search online with your city, for example, ‘Dallas storage units,' to find self storage options to keep all those memories safe and sound for a relatively low price!
My Kid's Quotes Book:
Children are adorable, and the broken words and phrases they come up with are too cute not to document. Have you ever heard a toddler calling cheetah a 'teechaa'? It's too funny. So instead of just relying on your memory to remember these cute things, start writing them down!
There are a few choices to make this happen. You could buy a small notebook and write down the quotes as you hear them, or if you're feeling really crafty, make a book out of construction paper or even just cardstock from the office supply store!
I decided to make a quick little book for my daughter by printing out these fantastic free printable I found online. It's easy, fast and you can add it right into your child's scrapbook when older.
The Handprint Book:
This is one of my favorites! It's simple to craft and makes for a lovely keepsake.
Use your child's handprint on each page of this book, then write down what their hands can do now as well as what they might be able to do in the future!
‘My Hands Can’ is a beautiful printable that you will enjoy making. Write all the different things your child can do using their hands, such as playing peek-a-boo or clapping along with the music (you get it!). This one could also use quite a bit of paper if not used carefully since there are so many neat things to list for each age group.
Artwork Portfolios Coming In:
These little minds are creative and have their own narratives to tell. Those you'd want to recall for the rest of your life. As they grow older, their artwork will become more and more valuable to you. It is not only a sentimental item but also an insight into their development over the years. You'll want to start collecting it from day one!
One of the best ways to preserve memories of your children is through their artwork. Hang up their masterpieces on the fridge or in a particular spot in your house so you can admire them every day. You can also take pictures of their work and put them in a photo album or scrapbook. If you want to go above and above, scan the artwork into your computer and make a digital portfolio that you may keep for the rest of your life
A T-shirt Quilt is a Winner:
Can you imagine the tears of joy and emotions that will well up in your eyes when you see your child's T-shirt quilt? You'll be able to wrap yourself in all of the experiences from each period of your life. It's an extraordinary way to preserve memories and pass them down from one generation to the next!
You can use shirts from when they were babies, toddlers, grade-schoolers, and even high schoolers! It's a fantastic way to keep all those crucial milestones together in one place.
You could also make a blanket out of baby clothes or use old toys to make a patchwork quilt. These are all wonderful ways to keep the memories of your little ones close at hand–literally!
A Shadow Box Full of Memories:
There is always that favorite toy or category of toys that your child loved to play with. Why not put all of those toys together in a shadow box? This is an easy way to preserve memories as they get older and maybe even have children of their own one day!
You'll need a shadow box, some of your child's favorite toys, photos of your child at different stages in life, and any other little mementos you may have.
It might be fun to add in tickets stubs from concerts or plays they've seen, or even postcards from vacations. Anything that has significance to your child can be added to the shadow box!!
Preserving Memories in Video is Unbeatable:
There are several things to appreciate about a video to remember events. First of all, it's easy! All it'll take is a phone or camera to take part. And secondly, video is the most accurate way to capture something. You can always crop and edit photos to get the perfect shot, but with video, you have everything in one place and unedited!
You can create videos of your child growing up through each stage of life - first steps, first word, etc. Maybe you'd want to compile a collection of family vacation videos. The possibilities are endless!
Oops, the Birthday Bloopers!
I am telling you, there will be tantrums on each birthday! Lots of tantrums! But that's okay! Those are the moments you'll want to capture and remember. And, if you're like me, you'll probably also want to capture the hilarious birthday bloopers as well.
You can do this by filming your child opening their gifts or just capturing all of the fun and chaos that comes with a birthday party. Trust me; these will be memories your child will love to watch when they're older.
For the Love of Parenting:
There will always be times when you wish you could freeze time and recall everything that has happened.
The first day of school. Their first at-bat in little league baseball. The day they mastered riding a bike or took off their braces.
Any of these moments can be memorable for parents because it means our children are growing up and moving on to the next step in their lives. It is okay to feel sentimental about these moments, and it is also okay to want to remember them forever.