Making Family Memories: Why and How
Memories are the treasures of our lives. They shape who we are, what we value, and how we connect with others. They also give us joy, comfort, and inspiration.
But memories are not just something that happen to us. They are something that we can create, nurture, and share with our loved ones. Especially with our children, who are growing up so fast and will soon be adults themselves.
Making family memories is not only fun and rewarding, but also essential for our children’s well-being. Research shows that family memories can boost children’s self-esteem, resilience, and sense of belonging. They can also help children cope with stress, trauma, and loss.
Making The Most Of Childhood and Making Memories
So how can we make the most of our children’s childhood and create lasting family memories? Here are some tips and ideas:
- Be present and attentive. Pay attention to the small moments of everyday life, such as bedtime stories, morning hugs, or afternoon snacks. These moments can be more meaningful than big events or expensive trips.
- Be creative and playful. Use your imagination and humor to make ordinary situations more fun and memorable. For example, you can turn chores into games, invent silly songs, or dress up in costumes.
- Be intentional and consistent. Plan ahead and schedule regular family activities, such as movie nights, game nights, or outdoor adventures. Make sure to follow through and stick to your plans. You can also create family traditions for holidays, seasons, or milestones. Even silly cliches like Elf on the shelf can work.
- Be reflective and expressive. Encourage your children to record their memories in journals, scrapbooks, or videos. You can also help them to revisit their memories by looking at photos, listening to music, or telling stories.
Ideas for Preserving Memories
There are many ways to preserve and share your memories with others. Some of them are creative, some of them are practical, and some of them are both.
- You can make a memory jar for each vacation or special occasion that you have. You can fill the jar with souvenirs, pictures, notes, and other items that represent your memories. You can also decorate the jar with labels, stickers, or ribbons. You can display your jars at home or give them as gifts to your loved ones.
- You can create a mixtape or CD or Whatever is out next year of your favourite songs that are associated with your memories. You can choose songs that remind you of a person, a place, a time, or a feeling. You can also write down why each song is important to you and what memory it evokes. You can listen to your mixtape whenever you want to relive your memories or share it with others.
- You can write up your recipes that are part of your family traditions or personal preferences. You can include the ingredients, the instructions, the origin, and the stories behind each recipe. You can also add photos or illustrations of the dishes. You can compile your recipes into a cookbook or a blog and share them with others. If you aren’t exactly a chef why not make a “Recipe book” of your culinary disasters – The time you cremated the sausages at uncle Dave’s 40th Birthday. The time you cooked the turkey upside down at Christmas (true story)
Books about Making Memories as a Family.
Here are some books by UK based authors that cover the topic of making memories as a family:
- The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking: This is a book that explores the science and psychology of memory and how we can create and remember happy moments. It has tips and tricks for making memorable experiences, capturing them in photos and journals, and sharing them with others.
- The Book of Family Traditions by Meg Cox: This is a book that offers ideas and inspiration for creating and celebrating family traditions throughout the year. It has suggestions for marking special occasions, holidays, seasons, and milestones with rituals, games, crafts, and recipes. Family expert Meg Cox shares over 100 impactful ritual ideas focused around traditions for holidays, birthdays, bedtimes, mealtimes and more. Establishing routines provides structure while infusing special occasions with joyful experiences to be remembered. Cox explains how designating time for pets through walking and care responsibilities can teach kids values like compassion.
- The Memory Book by Lara Avery: This is a novel that tells the story of Sammie, a teenage girl who is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that causes memory loss. She decides to write a memory book for her future self, documenting her life, dreams, and love.
- The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup: This is a picture book that shows how a fox’s family and friends remember him after he dies. They share stories of his adventures, kindness, and laughter, and a memory tree grows from their memories. You can watch it being read in the video above this section.
- The Memory Box by Sarah Webb: This is a novel that follows the lives of three sisters who inherit a box of letters from their grandmother. They discover secrets about their family history, their grandmother’s past, and their own identities.
Making family memories is one of the best gifts we can give to our children and ourselves. It is also one of the best ways to strengthen our family bonds and enrich our family culture.
I hope this blog will inspire you to make more family memories and share them with others. I would love to hear from you about your own experiences, challenges, and tips. Please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via email.
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