We have a lot of half-done family memory projects. Kid #1’s baby book (half completed). Kid #2’s baby book (we wrote his name in it). Sentence-a-day diaries. Gratitude notebooks. Photo albums with no captions. We have a lot of desire to record our family memories and remember these sweet times—we just don’t have the follow-through to complete a project, so we end up with a lot of half-finished things that just make us feel disappointed when we look at them and see all the empty spaces we should’ve written in.

Wendy Wisner of Scary Mommy had a simple solution—a memory jar! She kept a jar on the table with paper and pen nearby. When the family thought of it, they wrote a note and stuck it inside. At the end of the year, it would be easy to grab a gluestick and assemble the notes in a notebook—with no irritating empty spots.

Key Takeaways:
—Keeping the memory jar in a central place serves as a daily reminder to contribute, where a journal might be tucked away.
—Yearly themes like gratitude, joy, or helping others can help children practice looking for the positive in life.
—Finish the year up by reading all the notes on New Year’s Eve with your family!

Read more at https://www.scarymommy.com/memory-jars-new-years-tradition/


Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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