One of the most frequent questions we are asked (besides questions regarding sleep, eating, strollers and gear) is about how to get Big Baby ready for Little Baby. There are a million and one books and tips out there for getting a child who is less than 2 ready for the next sibling. But really we must admit a two quick things on that matter 1) nothing will really prepare anyone in the household for what is about to ensue 2) your Big Baby will never remember life without Little Baby in it.
So where am I going with this post, you might ask. Well, as I flipped through my Wall Street Journal this morning an article about our earliest memories as kids caught my eye. According to this, most people can't recall anything that happened before the age of 3 or 4. (It probably makes sense as I can't, but still makes me a bit sad.) Not only will your Big Baby never remember life without Little Baby, but apparently all the other activities that send us spinning in so many directions and the memories we try to create for our kids, could go MIA as well.
Here's what the WSJ article said:
Researchers asked 140 children, aged between 4 and 13, to describe their three earliest memories, and repeated the exercise two years later with the same children. On average, the 50 youngest children, aged 4 to 6 during the first interview, recalled events from when they were barely 2 years old, as verified by their parents. When they were interviewed two years later, only five of those 50 children mentioned the same earliest memory. By contrast, 22 of the 61 children who were 10 to 13 at the first interview were able to mention the same earliest memory when they were interviewed again two years later.
The article isn't all gloom and doom, but it did provide prospective and definitely made me want to drive home some of the big event s and take more photos to help create the memory later in life.
I know there is more to daily parenting than just trying to make them remember kindergarten field day when they are 18. Obviously, we are rearing children and everything along the way is cumulative and they grow from the experiences, as do we. They may not remember that field day, but they will remember for a few years what happened and that I was there. And that creates of sense of self and a sense of who we as parents. But I must admit the article did just make me slump down a bit in my seat to think that from this amazing weekend we had just had filled with festivals, parties and the pool, each of my child might possibly remember one iota of the weekend (if that at all because I took no photos.)
We'd love to hear your reaction on this article and what you do to help create memories for your kids.