I am so excited that you want to start documenting your child’s legacy! I’m going to take you step by step through how to do that… this download will get you started.
This is the first step in starting this sacred process, potentially the first step of many, and I’ll tell you more about my program, Writing Our Kids Into History, later.
When I saw my kid listed on the family tree, it felt… wrong.
I was thrilled to have finally had a family! He came 16 weeks early and I was so glad that he made it to the point that he could be listed on that tree.
But so much was missing in the name-and-date that represented him on our family tree.
We had worked and watched and waited for every “inchstone” — tiny steps that escape typical families: when your kid brings their hands together at center, or when they reach across their bodies, or when their eyes track movement. Your child will have inchstones specific to them; I invite you to start recording them here.
We celebrated each inchstone… no achievement was or is too small.
The drama of those years was full of the amazing work put in by my kid, our families, and of course professionals — a stable of doctors, early intervention folks, therapists, teachers, government agencies, family friends — but everyone’s efforts over the years just evaporated into thin air.
I work in archives, and I know how histories are made. Just as Auntie had searched for and gathered the documents my ancestors left, found them in public records, and transcribed poems and stories she heard, history is not saved unless we save it ourselves.
And we will. You can start right here, with an important inchstone.