After breakfast this morning, Eva and I made a timeline to celebrate my birthday. I read recently that there have been studies showing that kids who know their family’s history are happier in general. Apparently there’s something about knowing that people in your family have had ups and downs that helps kids cope emotionally in life. We haven’t covered much of our family history with the kids since they’re so little, but ever since I read that story I’ve been looking for opportunities to share things that happened before the kids were born.
A birthday seemed like as good a time as any, so I used kraft paper to make a timeline, numbered it from 0 to 32, and then we dug through a box of old photos and matched them up to the right age. Eva picked up on this activity right away and I was surprised at how good she was at guessing how old I was in each photo. Her favorites were the ones of me with her father but she also liked looking at the youngest photos because she thought it was fun that I looked a lot like her when I was her age.
Overall, this was a fun activity and it was a good for her to see the different between teens, twenties, and thirties. Strangely enough, we had no photos after Kyle and I got married, so we pulled out the Instax mini printer to finish up the timeline. I really need to print some photos of me with the kids!