Passing memories From You to Me

Passing memories From You to Me

Apart from being home to my general ramblings, rants, and realities, I like to think of this blog as an online diary my kids can read one day.

Just if they’re ever curious about what life was like when they were little. The holidays we took, the music we listened to, our favourite things…

And maybe a bit of what their mum was passionate about.

But then, if I continue writing it throughout their childhood (and I intend to) there’ll be a hell of a lot of pages to get through.

So the From You To Me range of journals really appeals to me, as a way of leaving an easy-to-read legacy to your kids.

Equally, if you’d like to know your own mum or dad better, you could buy one of these and ask them to fill it with their memories and stories – to be passed down through the generations.

According to research, only 14% of us know how our father proposed to our mother (I certainly have no idea).

And 62% of us wish we knew family members better. It’s so sad we don’t take the time to listen to their anecdotes and tales.

Mr G has been doing his family tree for the last couple of years, uncovering stories about his ancestors. And it’s hit home to him that his grandparents would have been such an amazing source of information – if only he’d thought to ask them to share their stories when they were still alive.

From You To Me offered me a couple of books to review.

I opted for Dear Mum and Our Story for my son.

Both are fantastic ways of preserving memories to pass down to my boys.


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Dear Mum – from the Journals of a Lifetime range – is a way of writing my own story. At the top of each page there’s a prompt, including:

“What are your earliest memories?”

“What did you want to do when you grew up?”

“Tell me about the dreams you have for your life…”

At the back, there are some blank pages to jot down anything else you’d like to say/share with your children.

This range includes Dear Dad, Dear Grandad, Dear Sister – pretty much a book for any member of your family to fill with their precious memories


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Our Story – from the Parent and Child range – is more of a baby book, to write down your memories (mostly of your child) each year until he/she is 18.

You have 6 pages for every year, in which to record things such as:

“What you are like”

“Things you have done and said”

“Adventures we have had this year”

“Things that have happened in the world this year”

“My predictions of what you will be like when you grow up”

It’s a beautiful book – and can be personalised with family pictures on the cover. But it’s probably better as a gift to someone who is pregnant, or who has a baby under a year old. Because even though my sons are my world, I struggle now to remember some of the finer details, like what ailments they had in their first year.

Looking through these fantastic books made me think about what stories I’d like to pass down to my boys.

Like the night I met their Dad – while I was on a date with his friend.

I’d tell them how I never gave up when people told me I couldn’t make it as a journalist (not because I wasn’t any good, but because I grew up in a council house and my family was working class).

And I’d remind them what a fantastic character their Grandad was, before asbestosis took him from us too soon.

We all have stories to tell, don’t we?

Which brings me nicely to the best bit…..

Competition

From You to Me are giving 3 competition winners the chance to choose one book from their extensive range.

As well as the journals I’ve mentioned above, there are also diaries based on love stories and relationships, and even books where you can share your talents and hobbies, like cookery or gardening, passing tips down through the generations.

To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post, explaining what story or piece of advice you’d most like to share with your children. Don’t forget to leave your email address or Twitter handle, so I can contact you if you win.

Then click on the rafflecopter widget below, to confirm you’ve done this – and get details of how to earn extra entries. You must do this for your entry to be valid.


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Terms and conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only, and closes at midnight on Wednesday, June 19.

Winners will be chosen at random and notified within 24 hours.

The prize is one journal of your choice, from the From You to Me website – no cash alternative.

Failure to claim your prize within 5 days will result in another winner being chosen.

Good luck.

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40 Thoughts on “Passing memories From You to Me

  1. These journals are a lovely idea.

    The bit of advice I’d give to my children is that tomorrow is definitely another day and that bullies are insecure people who bully to make themselves feel better.

  2. JULIE KENNY on June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm said:

    What a lovely idea. I always try and encourage my kids to be positive – and that’s the advice I would try and pass on to them. Life is much better if you can look on the bright side :-) x

  3. LAURA BANKS on June 7, 2013 at 10:36 am said:

    what a great idea i would pass on if someones talking about you at least they are leaving others alone

  4. SARAH PARKIN on June 7, 2013 at 10:36 am said:

    I would like to pass on the story of their sister to my boys.

  5. I love to pass on to mine details about my childhood and what me and their aunty and uncles used to get up to, I just think its nice for them to know. especially to know that the things they like to play, we also used to play, they find that interesting

  6. Adeinne on June 9, 2013 at 1:27 am said:

    Nobody is better than you everybody is equal and if you want to do something you can do it

  7. Dawn on June 9, 2013 at 2:25 am said:

    Listen and take in the words of the song Desiderata.

  8. Tracy Nixon on June 9, 2013 at 7:43 am said:

    To follow their dreams and not to dwell on mistakes they have made – but to learn from them.

  9. I would like to pass onto my children the meaning of family – Always been there for one another through the thick and the thin. Would love my children (when I have them) to have a mum and dad like my amazing pair, hopefully we can match the expectations

  10. ashleigh on June 9, 2013 at 8:44 am said:

    always be true to yourself and dont worry about what other people think

  11. emma walters on June 9, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

    i want my too boys to know how important it is to love each other & look out for each other as they grow up :)

  12. Heidi on June 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm said:

    I would like to tell my kids not to waste their childhoods and relish every single day.

  13. Ellie-Mae on June 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm said:

    Do whatever makes you happy.

  14. Tammy Tudor on June 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm said:

    The holidays I use to take with my family :)

  15. angela sandhu on June 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm said:

    treat others how you would like to be treated

  16. rebecca austerberry on June 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm said:

    To do their best in life yet live each moment as if it is special!

  17. I would teach them to save up for the things they want to buy, not to get into debt.

  18. I’d tell my daughter to do what makes her happy.

  19. Caitlin Howes on June 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm said:

    fab prize x

  20. Caitlin Howes on June 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm said:

    My advice would be to never stop doing what make you happy

  21. diva1977 on June 10, 2013 at 12:30 am said:

    treat others how you be treated yourself and your conscience will always be clear

  22. leanne williams on June 10, 2013 at 7:53 am said:

    I’d tell my son to do what makes him happy.

  23. My son loves watching Back to the Future and I would re-iterate to him what Doc says in the film "You can accomplish anything you set your mind to"

  24. Laura Baker on June 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm said:

    I would pass on this quote from good ol’ Judy: “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

  25. Allan Smith on June 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm said:

    Always follow your dream

  26. kirsty l on June 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm said:

    to never be afraid to change their mind as your first thought/idea isn’t always the best choice, have the courage to believe that you will get it right in the end

  27. Andy D on June 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm said:

    Enjoy school

  28. Pauline Mason on June 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm said:

    Its got to be that Family is the most important thing in your life,also good manners cost nothing.

  29. Solange on June 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm said:

    Always try your best

  30. Julie Davies on June 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm said:

    Always be your own person, never go along with the crowd if you don’t agree just because you think it will make you fit in

  31. Mickie Bull on June 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm said:

    Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.

  32. Jane Adair on June 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm said:

    Live your life to the fullest and don’t be a sheep!

  33. SARAH on June 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm said:

    Always be yourself – don’t try and be something you’re not to please others

  34. kelli flanagan on June 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

    A problem shared is a problem aired

  35. Emma Smith on June 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm said:

    Always be honest and tell the truth

  36. kristy on June 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm said:

    The story of how their mum and dad met on a blind date and got married and had them!

  37. jayne b on June 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm said:

    Don’t let anyone crush your dreams

  38. Alice Hindley on June 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm said:

    If life was easy then it wouldn’t be worth living so turn your frowns upside down and be happy

  39. To never have any regrets!

  40. alisa moore on June 20, 2013 at 12:58 am said:

    to be yourself and think for yourself

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