As parents, we are all too aware of how quickly time passes and how rapidly our children change and grow up. Over the years I’ve been on-again off-again with journaling, but mostly on. It would have been nice to have been more organized and methodical with my memory-keeping, but real life moves quickly and I feel like I did the best I could at the time!
At first I tried to have separate journals for each of my kids, but it didn’t take long to discover that didn’t work for me. Not only was it too much to keep up with, but memories happened with all of us so it was easier to write in just one journal to capture memories.
When my kids were babies and toddlers they came out with cute new things every day, and I found it easiest to use a page per day diary to capture all those firsts.
When they got a little bit older they didn’t necessarily have new things for me to write about every day, but when there was something to write about I wanted more space than just one page so I could write the details about their school play or learning to ride a bike. I use archival quality notebooks to capture these memories.
Now I try to make sure I write something at least every week, and of course more details about events, awards, family vacations, etc. Time seems to be flying by and they are growing up so much! I know I will look back on the funny things they said and the fun things we did together, and will be glad I captured those while I could.
Do you keep a journal of memories of your kids growing up?