“Little kids rely on their moms to tell their story. They’re not going to remember.” – Heidi Swapp
This conversation hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard Heidi say it during an interview on the ScrapGals podcast. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 15 years but hearing Heidi talk about scrapbooking led me to a new revelation. It’s up to me to tell my daughter’s story.
“It doesn’t matter how old a child is. They still love to see their photo. They still love to know things about themselves. And it creates a connection between you.” – Heidi Swapp
What’s Your First Memory?
She is absolutely right! Can you remember your very first memory? Mine was in preschool when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I remember a bug crawling on my glasses while we played outside. What a strange memory, but that memory is nothing of significance. It doesn’t tell me anything about myself or what I was like as a child. All I know from that memory is that I wore glasses. Even after that preschool memory, things are pretty fuzzy up until I was in 3rd grade.
But, because of my Mom, I know about my favorite toys, trips, and silly things I did when I was a toddler. I know who I was as a child, who I played with, and other random moments from my life that I cherish. All those memories of my life would be lost if my Mom didn’t take photos and share those stories with me.
Our whole family loves to look through photo albums together and talk about all the memories that come up as we flip through the albums. It was one of my favorite things to do as a child, teen, and even now as an adult. I love to hear my Mom, Aunts, and Grandma tell us a stories about our family life.
As a new mom (and most would agree), we are obsessed with taking photos of our kids. They are our pride and joy and the things they do are precious to us. Whether or not I decided to scrapbook the photos, I always thought that those photos and stories were more for my enjoyment.
Why Every Mom Must Be a Memory Keeper
As soon as I heard Heidi talk about the role a mother plays in her child’s personal story – it was like a switch flipped on for me. A light bulb turned on that was part of my life that I hadn’t even realized was there. Children rely on their mother’s to tell their personal stories. I knew who I was as a child because of my Mom taking photos and sharing the stories of those photos with me as I grew up. I need to do the same for my daughter too.
As mother’s we need to make the extra effort to print our family photos and document our stories. We must do this to allow our children to know who they were, what life was like, and how much you loved them. Without having those photos printed, you don’t remember to tell all of those stories. There are stories and memories that we remember without needing photos to remind us. But there are so many more memories captured when you have a book full of photos from your past.
So the next time you stop to snap cute pictures of your kids, you must print them and document those stories. No matter what method you choose to scrapbook those photos, you must document those stories to pass onto your children. Your children are depending on you to tell their story.