My husband Charlie laughs at me because I rarely watch a film or read a book without sobbing and now he’s had to put adverts on the list as well because whenever the Dear Sophie Google ad comes on the TV I reach for the Kleenex.
Last night, through a veil of tears, it got me thinking how lucky we are to live in an age when we have so many new tools at our fingertips to chart our children’s formative years.
I grew up in the era of the cine camera and, although my family records seem to have been lost in a long forgotten attic, I saw this on YouTube and it brought back a lot of memories.
When our children were growing up we did video their birthday parties, school plays and sports days and had a photo album. But that was about it.
Now, though, there are so many ways to chart a life from even before a child is born. Sophie’s friends are always posting pictures of their scans on Facebook and on Twitter there are even tweets from those yet to be born!
Personally I think it’s nice to wait until the child arrives and then set about keeping as detailed a record as possible.
If your photos simply sit on your computer, then why not turn them into a beautiful book – perfect as a gift or just to preserve your memories. Among the best offering this service are Apple and Photobox
At the Memory Library parents can upload photos that get added into a timeline which offers a lovely way to chart a life. Once the child is grown-up they’ll be able to continue it for themselves. Others can log on and take a look at your baby growing up and, impressively, you can also add music and video to the mix to ensure something really special.
If you’re as haphazard about backing-up as I am, it pays to save your important photos somewhere in the ether. Flickr, Facebook, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud and Windows Live are perfect for ensuring you don’t lose your precious memories.
Blogging is another great way of charting your child’s progress. You can either create a narrative where you tell your child’s story or you can choose a high concept idea such as posting a picture a day.
Digital photo frames are relatively inexpensive now and are a great way to display photos. Most take SD cards and the images can change as regularly as you wish and, as your child grows, you can always add more.
Children have long been embarrassed by their parents digging out a childhood video when they bring a new girlfriend or boyfriend home. You know the sort of thing – them in the bath or saying something hilarious.
Well with the advent of YouTube the embarrassment can stretch even further. Imagine being Charlie’s brother when he grows up to find that 407 million people have had a huge giggle at his childhood antics.