As time goes by and your children get older, you will be fonder of the memories you’ve stored over the years. Making a memory box is easy, it takes very little planning, but it is as rewarding as can be. However, storing everything regarding your child’s existence isn’t practical, and if you do that, you might be missing the point.
Focus on keeping the pieces that are the most representative of showing the way your child’s been growing up. The pieces that are going to have the most value are surely the ones that you can easily associate with some anecdotes and that can instantly set a train of thought, going back to many other episodes as well. Here are some pieces we have chosen out for you to consider.
Baby period: funny clothes
For the first couple of months, you will surely have your baby dressed to impress. The way you dress your baby also shows your own style, and luckily, today you can find funny baby onesies that can suit your taste. It’s very popular to choose onesies with humorous quotes, such as “gangsta napper” or “I got it from my mama”. You should be aware that the way you dress your children is already a starting point for them to create their own style, so make sure you choose wisely and keep in mind that one day, they will thank you if they have cute, little onesies to remember their first steps.
Toddler period: fairytale books
If you have already gathered a lot of parenting hours, then you know that a lot of them consist of reading and telling tales. There are many reasons why reading fairytales is good for your child, and it’s almost inevitable for you to learn many of them by heart in the process. Even so, don’t throw those books away after you know all the tales. Your kids will surely love to look back on those moments with you, and they will surely enjoy you telling the tales about how they used to behave while you were telling them those stories. Every sleepless storytelling night will be worth it.
Elementary school: arts & crafts
Even if your children are not true fans of crafts, they will surely have some school assignments regarding arts. Mother’s day cards are one of the most beautiful memories you can have regarding your child’s school period. These cards show the appreciation your child has for you, and by collecting them each year, you can also see the improvements your child had made in creativity and craftsmanship. If there is a piece that your child is especially proud of, make sure to keep it safe, and maybe even get it framed to be hanged in their room. Children’s art can be a fabulous décor piece, too!
Middle school: magazines and posters
The teenage period is all about celebrities, friends and gossip, at least for the majority of teens. A lot of us can relate to the memory of our parents being furious with us when we covered those freshly painted white walls with countless posters of actors, singers and movies. Even though all of them get taken down at some point, parents should keep in mind that the choice of posters is an important way for teenagers to show their identity. Even if worshiping celebrities is only a phase, keeping some magazines your child used to read and take posters from will help them remember the road they went down to become all grown up.
As your children start going to high school, they will already have their own ideas of new memory boxes, so that’s about the time your work is done. Be careful to respect their privacy while collecting, and only choose pieces they meant to throw away. One day, they will be thankful to you for saving them.