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.
—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/