Making Mother's Day memories

Mother's Day is a great opportunity to reconnect with your child. As a mother, it's amazing to watch my children grow, learn, change and develop on a daily basis. Sometimes the magic appears before my eyes: When did my son get tall enough to turn off his bedroom light by himself?

Motherhood is certainly not easy! Sometimes we forget the special moments and let stress and frustration take over. We learn to appreciate our own mothers even more during these times. This Mother's Day, why not remember some of the special moments or crazy times or silly days... Here's how:

For children ages 3 and up

Materials Needed:

  • Tape recorder (with microphone if needed)
  • Blank cassette tape and cassette box
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Markers

1. Take paper and pen and sit down with your child and brainstorm some interview type questions. First ask your child what questions he/she might have for you. Give younger children some ideas. For example:

  • Mommy, what games did you like to play when you were my age?
  • What was the name of your school? Favorite teacher?
  • What's your favorite thing to do with me?
  • Who am I named after?
  • Tell me about the day I was born.

2. Next, turn on the tape recorder; load the tape and press "record." Allow your child to read or speak the questions. Answer the questions fully and honestly! Continue the "interview" until all the agreed upon questions have been asked. If any of the answers lead to new questions, welcome the dialogue! Stop the tape when you are through. 3. With paper and pen, again begin brainstorming questions you might have for your child. For example:

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