Here are 7 Fun Family History Activities for Kids:
That should keep the kiddos busy, but if you need help (or more ideas), please reach out to me.
I have a confession.
I am ridiculously excited about our new logo. (I know. I'm a dork. Let's move on.)
The three hearts represent different generations, a lineage. They are all hearts (and similar) but they have different colors (as we all have different "flavors" in our personalities).
It's much more colorful and vibrant, and I love it.
You'll still see the old logo for a while in some of our marketing materials while we work to switch everything over. It's a work in progress! I love it!
(Have I mentioned how much I love it?)
When you think about legacy planning and family history preservation, most of the time people think about preserving the stories of older family members.
That certainly is a big part of it, but don't forget to record and remember the stories of kids, too!
My kids aren't little anymore. Back when they were, we didn't have nearly as many options for recording memories as we have now. I have pictures, of course, but not much else. (I didn't own a camcorder -- remember those?)
Family history preservation can be as simple as recording a short clip of everyone at a kid's birthday party -- including the kiddo! Ask a few questions for the birthday kiddo:
Going through a flea market with my 14 year old, we came across a table with rotary phones.
My son was fascinated with these relics. He picked one up, fumbled with it for a moment, then asked me in utter confusion, "What is this thing?"
Me, feeling very old: "It's a phone."
Him, looking at me like I am crazy: "But....it doesn't have any buttons!"
I then proceeded to tell him about what those phones were like and how this newfangled thing called "Call Waiting" was invented and....well, it became a day full of stories.
My daughter (20) told me that when she took Driver's Ed she told the instructor all about how car phones used to have to be wired into the frame of the car to work. The instructor was amazed. "How do you know that?" he asked. Her answer was that her mom told her! (See? Kiddos do listen.)
Your stories are history. One day your kids will be the ones telling the stories. Maybe they'll even share your stories.
Wouldn't that be awesome?
L. Shay Bradham is a Legacy Planner and a Family History Preservationist in the Boston area.
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