7 Practical Tips for Family REMEMBERERS

Welcome to our third and final post in the Family REMEMBERERS series.

If you missed Part 1, 3 Crucial Things Grandparents Need to REMEMBER, or Part 2, 9 Innovative Ideas for the Family REMEMBERERS, you can go back and catch up by clicking the links.

It’s a big job, our job – being the family rememberers, and one we need to take seriously.

To carry out our role well, we need to know WHAT to remember and WHY it’s important. Then most of us (especially if we’re just starting out on our storytelling journey) could use some creative ideas.  Now we’re ready! Almost!!

Let’s look at one final thought before wrapping up our series.

Consider the following 7 tips for being the family rememberers.

Practical Tips for Family Rememberers

1. Incorporate Your Handwriting

Whether it’s journal entries, margin notes in a personalized Bible, or family recipes, be sure to handwrite portions of your story. In years to come, your family will want to have something written by your own hand. You may be concerned about imperfections, but your family won’t give it a thought. On the contrary, they’re sure to treasure a little piece of you.

2. Use Your Own Voice

This is not the time to be stuffy or formal. Nor is it the time to worry about the conventions of writing. Instead, do your best to let your written words reflect the way you speak. If this is a struggle, try speaking your thoughts out loud before you write them down until writing with your authentic voice becomes more natural.

3. Include Details

When telling stories to your grandchildren, include as many pertinent details as possible. While we don’t want our stories so replete with details that they bore our grandchildren to tears, we do want to take care to include the special little details that will help them more easily picture the person or event our story is about.

4. Take Advantage of Triggers

Physical items can be used to help bring stories to mind. Photos albums, keepsakes, clothing, and other items can trigger memories for family history. Spiritual markers, prayer journals, and writing prompts aid recall of your own story and God’s work in it.

5. Prepare Ahead

Storytelling is important to God. Don’t leave something of such magnitude to last-minute instant recall. Be prepared to share your God-stories. Brainstorm, let your ideas percolate, pray about the stories you’ll tell and how best to tell them. You might even want to have a few stories practiced, polished, and ready to go.

6. Enlist the Help of Others

What’s that old saying? “Two heads are better than one?” Round out your memories of a person or event by tapping into the memories of your relatives and friends.

7. Create an Online Archive

Collecting and keeping the “stuff” of your stories can be challenging. To make it a little easier, consider saving your photos, documents, and other memorabilia online. Make a folder of family memories or workings of God in Dropbox or Google Drive and then share them with your family. Or create a Facebook Group for your family members and invite them to join.

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—” Deuteronomy 4:9

4 comments on “7 Practical Tips for Family REMEMBERERS

  1. I guess our “family rememberer” would be me. I love to scrapbook but sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get all the photos I would like into scrapbooks.

  2. Deborah, my mom’s handwriting is one of my most treasured possessions! She didn’t like to write, so she didn’t write much, but i have a few handwritten notes and recipes from her and they are priceless!!! Thank you for stirring these memories!

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  3. These are such great ideas. It is funny how some families are big story tellers, and others are not. But the younger generations do need to know their family stories.

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