Does your life story read like it was straight out of a best-selling novel?
Maybe, or maybe not. Regardless, the life stories, knowledge and experiences you pass down, through some form of recorded life story, will be invaluable to your children and grandchildren now and especially in the future.
Of all the things that we wish that our parents had left us, I believe, it is most likely that they had told us more life story, experiences and memories.
From the day your children first stepped foot on that big yellow school bus to the day that they left home for college you were concerned that they were ready for life without you. You wanted to "be there" for them, didn't you?
Your life experience could provide valuable advice and guidance to your children. From the time they were little, you coached and prepared them for much of what life would throw their way.
Even now, your adult children probably rely on you for sound advice on things ranging from marriage matters to child rearing.
As your children advance and mature through all the stages of their lives, they will have a natural deep yearning to know and compare their life situation to that of your life, while in the same approximate stage of life.
Basically they'll wonder..."Am I doing things right. How would mom or dad handle this"?
The ability to "compare notes" inspires confidence This is derived in knowing that
their parents faced some of the same tough challenges early in their lives. This knowledge gives giving them the strength and perseverance to do the same.
As just a young married couple, my wife Sheri and I struggled to make ends meet(typical I think). As newlyweds, there were a few times when all we had to eat in the kitchen was boiled noodles and nothing to put on them but catsup! I wondered if mom and dad ever experienced anything close to this.
As far as I knew, my parents always had plenty and never struggled like we did. On one occasion while back home on a visit, my mom mentioned that for a stretch of time when I was only an infant that "money was so tight that we wondered how we were going to make it to the next paycheck".
The above is only one example, of many, that I could give you. My mom's story made me have hope that there was still hope for us.
Here lies the power of journaling and preserving, at least, some semblance of a biography.
YOUR DATING STORY AND EARLY YEARS :
AS YOUNG NEWLYWEDS, YOUR CHILDREN MAY WONDER...
AFTER BECOMING A PARENT, YOUR CHILDREN MAY WONDER...
ONCE PARENTS OF TEENAGERs, YOUR ADULT CHILDREN MAY WONDER...
BEING MIDDLE-AGED, YOUR CHILDREN MAY WONDER...
ONCE GRANDPARENTS THEMSELVES, THEY MAY WONDER...
ONCE A SENIOR CITIZEN THEMSELVES, YOUR CHILDREN MAY WONDER...
Don't leave your children unprepared for all that lies ahead of them, once you depart this world.
Write down or record to audio all that you know your children will want to know about your life someday, but won't think to ask until it may be too late!
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