Preserving Family Memories

With work, home, and kids, many of us don't have the time to capture and preserve our family's milestones and memories. And we're often sorry for it later on. Mighty Mommy has 3 easy tips for keeping your memories alive. 

Cheryl Butler
2-minute read

Preserving Family Memories

Before I had my family, I vowed I would never be one of those mothers who didn’t stay on top of my precious kids' photos, art projects, and notable milestones.  Eight kids later, I humbly wave my white flag and eat those words.

Because most of us live extremely busy lives, we don’t always have time to dutifully record the milestones our kids reach. Here are some easy ways to preserve your family’s memories without investing an exorbitant amount of time or money:

Create a Memory Box

A memory box is one of the simplest ways to keep track of all the sweet, funny, poignant, remarkable, and everything-else-in-between memories and milestones of your child. All you need is a large index card box, some dividers and 365 4 X 6 index cards.  Label the months of the year on the dividers and then divide the index cards so you have approximately 30 per section.

Keep the box in a convenient place such as in your kitchen and whenever something notable happens, simply write the date and year and a one or two line description of what happened on one of the index cards. At the end of the month move the cards to the back of the box so you’ll always have a fresh card waiting when a new memory occurs.  

The idea is that over the years, we'll have cards filled with memories and at a glance will be able to see the fun and memorable things that happened on that date.


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.