Our family was at the mall recently for the monthly Lego mini-build and went to Chick-fil-a for dinner. The Kid’s meal came with a book, or rather a kit for the child to make a book about their family. It was a scrapbook with questions about the people in your family, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and pets. There were several simple questions to get you thinking about your family:
Who is the funniest?
Who are you most like?
Which cousin is closest in age to you?
Where do you live?
Describe your room.
What does your family like to do?
What is your family’s favorite (place to eat, entertainment, etc.)?
How does your family celebrate?
Where do you go on vacation?
What do you do on vacation?
These are just a few questions that can fill a photo album or book about your family. It becomes a snap shot of who your family is at this point in time. Making several of these over time, especially with the children as they grow up, can give you a wonderful history for grandchildren and future generations to look back and learn from.
Don’t forget to let the kids answer the questions and pick the photos! I tell my Lifebook class that it’s important to tell the story from the child’s perspective. Let your children tell some of the family stories. Looking at photos and reminiscing about what went on are great opportunities for conversation. You might learn more than you know!
Family photo albums or books can be simple or elaborate. Getting them done is easier than you think. Taking this list of questions and answering them, then finding a picture or two to illustrate, and you’re done. If you still need help, that’s what we are here for. What questions would you like to answer about your family to put in a book? How do think your child(ren) would answer these questions? Why not ask them?!