Storyline – Documenting Your Child
Several months ago, media team member Maggie Massey shared a podcast series with me that she was excited about. The series, which was called “#HelpingParent’sWin”, gave parents practical ways to win at parenting. Lesson 2 spoke to me more than any other encouraging parents to sit annually and ask their children specific questions to better help parents understand their child’s gifts. Later, as the child grows, they too can see the answers of their questions shape what they might want to do with their life.
For example, a child might love animals, have a favorite moment working with animals, characteristics of compassion toward others, and later might realize they want to become a veterinarian. Looking back at all the answered questions shaped this answer and documented their story through out their life. The questions and podcast inspired me to make my own Storyline album like this for my son.
This album was very quick to put together. All that was needed was
– One Storyline Album (it comes with the pages and page protectors)
– 1 Journaling Sticker Kit
– 1 Deck of Days Sticker Kit
– Enlargements of my Favorite Photos of Him
I took the questions (see the list below) and filled out each section of the page’s “Who, What, Where” with the question in ink. Then, I placed the journaling stickers on the page randomly. This will be where my son will fill his answers annually.
I added some stickers to the page, from the Journaling Sticker Kit that matched the theme of the question.
In the podcast, I liked how they mentioned that when the child is younger they could give answers that might seem silly. Like the answer for “What do you want to be when you grow up?” could come out as “Batman.” They encouraged to not prompt the child to say otherwise, but maybe even share more, like, “Why Batman, and not a different superhero?” All of these answers later down the road is what shape your child! Plus, looking back at the answers are so much fun! My little sister, when she was 4, wanted to be a tiger when she grew up! Ha! No one could tell her differently! We love telling that story now too!
When it was time to write his answers, I pulled out his pages and then he wrote his answers in his own handwriting.
Here is the list of questions that I added to my pages –
Who inspires you?
What is your favorite Bible verse or story?
What are your likes?
What do you love?
What are your dislikes?
What is your favorite book character?
What makes you laugh?
What makes you upset or angry?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What are your dreams?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Do you want to go to college?
Every birthday I will bring the album out and have him add his new answers to his pages. Then, he will have his own story written with his own hand at 18.