Your child's accomplishments shouldn't end with a Facebook post



All parents have, at many points throughout their life, looked at their child and thought about all the great things they can become and all the amazing accomplishments they’ll complete. This is a universal sentiment that is incredibly unique to being a parent. There are other times when a different feeling hits you: that feeling of apprehension and uncertainty about the opportunities and resources you can provide. Is it enough? What are other parents doing? Time is passing by so quickly all of a sudden! When kids are growing up, it often feels like every moment is of the utmost importance. They took their first step, they said their first word, the bus is picking them up for their first day of school.

So much goes into making sure children are ready for everything, that they have the resources they need and that you are not missing a single moment of their wild adventure—it’s a big balancing act. I have felt this continually with my younger brothers. These two twin boys are six years old and the number of times I’ve looked into their little faces and wondered what type of people they’ll become is countless. Although I’m just Big Sister, I also want to make sure they have the opportunities and resources I didn’t have.

This reminded me of a recent trip to my childhood home. I was set with the task of cleaning my old bedroom to allow for my mom to remodel it as she wished. The first daunting step was cleaning out the closet, a chore I looked at with immense anxiety since it had been years since I’d seen the floor in there. I figured I’d start at the top and work my way down. On the highest shelf, behind hoodies and old T-shirts, was a floral box with brass handles. I pulled it out and opened it. The memory box had everything my family had deemed as an “accomplishment” since about kindergarten. I pulled out old ribbons from my years as a mathlete, artwork I hadn’t seen since middle school, academic accomplishments and report cards—things I had long since forgotten and wished I had remembered.

Preserving memories and preparing for the future should go hand-in-hand and definitely shouldn’t be limited to a box in a closet. Capturing your child’s first little league homerun, their amazing test scores, the high school play they starred in...don’t miss a beat!

Natalie Shaw is a part of the KudosWall online portfolio team. With its incredibly easy-to-use interface, KudosWall is geared towards K–12 students, their parents and educators. Now, everything from sporting championships and music recitals to art pieces and report cards can be kept in one place—accessible from your phone or laptop. KudosWall, it’s all there...and it’s free!

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Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:35 AM