Believe me, I’m one of those people that feels like our world is going to hell in a handbasket because we’re all constantly on our phones and never communicate face to face anymore. The last thing I want is for my kids to get sucked into the black hole that is a screen in their palm.
In a lot of ways though, technology is fantastic and has improved our lives for the better. The ways are too numerous to list – between being more productive, saving time and money shopping online, becoming our own advocates for healthcare and financial wellbeing by researching for ourselves… I could go on and on. The world is literally at our fingertips.
One thing the internet can’t give my kids though is their mom’s advice.
While I hope I’ll be around for the next 200 years or so to answer all of their questions, that’s not exactly realistic. Not only because I probably won’t live that long, (200 seems a little lofty) but because they might not want to come to me about everything.
As I watch them grow, there are tons of things I want them to know. I want them to remember to be grateful for everything that they have every day. I want them to remember to be kind to everyone they meet and to try to put a smile on everyone’s face that they come in contact with.
A lot of that is going to come down to how Scott and I raise them.
BUT, there are reminders and memories that I want them to have from these years that they’ll definitely not remember.
Watching Nugget’s concern the other day when Dumplin was spitting up after eating was one of my many reminders. At just 21 months, he went and got a wipe, came over to his brother, and started wiping his little face. It was truly one of my proudest moments as a mama.
It’s things like this that I hope I’ll remember to tell them when they’re older, but I’m sure there will be a million more memories between now and then that I’ll share with them, and precious ones like this will fall into the back of my memory.
Instead of forgetting about it forever, I type it out into a quick e-mail, and send it to my kids.
They each have their own e-mail address that only my husband and I know. When there’s a piece of advice we want to give them or a memory we don’t want to forget, we send an e-mail to their accounts.
I usually just send the same e-mail to both addresses at the same time as though I’m talking to both of them.
The plan is to give them the password to these e-mail accounts when they’re older and can better appreciate all of these memories that Scotty and I are busy cherishing now.
Maybe someday they’ll want to scroll all the way back to when one of their siblings is born and read about how we were losing our minds from lack of sleep and toddler tantrums. Maybe they’ll want to read about my thoughts on their birthdays.
Maybe they won’t care to read any of it at all.
Whatever the case, it’s a really nice place for my husband and I to keep cute notes and memories that we want to give our boys one day.
Journals can get lost or forgotten. Baby books are adorable and we do those too – but I’m always forgetting to print pictures to put in them and finding the time to sit down and actually work on it is where I fall short.
It’s so much easier for me to send them a quick e-mail at night after everyone else is asleep. Those five minutes might mean a lot to them one day. They definitely mean a lot to Scotty and I now.
Appreciating my kids while they’re still little is one of my biggest focuses during this chapter in my life. Being able to send the kids e-mails that they’ll have access to one day is just one of the ways we do this. You can read my complete list about this here.
If you could send your kids an e-mail in the future, what would you say? Do you have any really smart ways of remembering things to share with your kids when they’re older? Let me know in the comments!
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