Here's the problem with summer vacation: you're on this mad dash to make all sorts of family memories before school starts. But between all the pool parties and the barbecues and the road trips, what the heck do you DO with the kids during the downtime? How about making family memories ... scrapbook style?
Hold on, hear me out. We always mean to get those pictures filed away, but how often does it really happen? A big ol' family scrapbooking session does double duty: it solves your "I never have time for that problem" and it keeps the kids from that awful "I'm boooooored" whine. Behold!
1. Give Them a Camera. As a photographer, this is always the number one thing I say to parents. It doesn't have to be expensive; I started with a plastic Fisher-Price when I was about 6. But getting them to capture things from their perspective is a lot easier when you aren't sharing your expensive digital! And it will be fascinating to look back on in the future.
2. Make it a Family Activity. It's all well and good that this scrapbook will be something full of family memories to look back on. But isn't it a lot cooler if you make ANOTHER family memory by working on it together?
3. Don't Correct Them. So you like everything neat? That's nice ... for your part. But if you're really trying to get the kids involved, don't you want the scrapbook to reflect what THEY did? Chill out, and it will be a lot more fun to do, and a lot more fun to look at in 10 or 20 years.
4. Let Them Pick the "Themes." If you're a "one page per event" type of scrapbooker, how about mixing it up -- let them choose the "events" that were most important. You learn a lot about your own kids by what they choose ... and it will be there to look back on in the future.
Have you gotten on the family scrapbook yet? Why not?
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