Children Articles

Any kid will do: Be sure to ask youngsters what THEY remember!

If you give a kid a camera, you're going to be surprised! I was delighted to find this gem on my camera a few summers ago.  My dad's living room, shot from the sleeping loft. Dad saves the Sunday comics all year -- on the shelf under that coffee table, and that's the...

Path to the Present: what’s your story?

I worked in academic archives for almost 20 years, and I know how the documents of history are collected. Mostly, "those four guys over there" decide that their work is important and they put it in boxes and give it to someone. And those documents are how we write...

My dad’s handwriting, and his laugh: why interviewing family matters.

Do your parents text you? They do? Then I was jealous of you: I imagine little notes, daily check-ins, a joke, sending them cute pictures of the kids all of the time.... Plus, no long calls, squeezing that flat cel phone between your shoulder and ear, getting your...

Perks of having atypical kids

My first kid came 16 weeks early.  I see your math-wheels turning, converting that into months.  Yep.  He spent 3 months in intensive care and 3 weeks in a transitional hospital.  He was about 6 months old when he first brought his hands to midline (the center of his...