Been seeing this idea floating around the internet this week, and I really love it. (Also it doesn’t just work for people with children. I think it’d be a cute way to document a romance that might be getting serious or a great friendship you want to memorialize. I am trusting you with this idea because you’re not the stalkery type. You don’t have a shrine to Mila Kunis in your closet…right?)
So here’s the idea:
When your kids are born, set up an email account for them. Over the years, send funny personal stories, kid-isms, photos, scans of their awards, important lessons, etc. to that email address. On their 18th birthday, tell them about the email account and give them the password.
I think this is such a great way to archive meaningful memories. As someone that doesn’t really have home videos from when she was a kid and none of the other tangible artifacts of childhood, I would really have loved this. (Granted, the technology 18 years from now will probably be so far beyond email, you’ll be able to stick a thumb drive of all your memories into your kid’s arm.)
(Photo: Young boys playing in a New York street, 1909. Source: Bain News Service.)