Turn the page: calendaring your kids in 2012
Calendaring is the best way I know of to make time stand still.
When Tessa was born, my friend Juli (scrapbooker extraordinaire) gave me a beautiful handmade calendar that she designed especially for my daughter.
I’ve previously written about my documentarian tendencies. So it seemed natural when my children were born that I would add my kids’ journal entries to my nightly routine. Call it anal retentive, obsessive or rigid (as my husband jokingly has), but I am happy to capture each day of their lives until they are able to do so themselves. I plan to turn over documenting duties to them on their 12th birthdays, but for now this is how I’ve captured every single day of their lives — nearly 4000 for Tessa and than 3200 for Reed.
Here are some of Tessa’s calendars (Juli’s creations are the two in the upper left) — several year’s worth of covers…
All you need to do the same is a 2012 calendar (marked down by now) for each child, one that have room to write in each square. You’ll also need the discipline to write one sentence a night. That’s all! You and your kids will be reaping the rewards far into the future.
And from the future, even the most vitriolic of temper tantrums (your kids’ or yours) can appear quaint.
Lori is a mom via open adoption to Tessa, 10, and Reed, 8, and they live in the metro-Denver area, just 2 miles from where Lori first fell into her own journal habit. Which evolved easily into a blogging habit, which she feeds at WriteMindOpenHeart.com. Her first book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield and available in mid-2013.