For many of us growing up our grandparents were distance and far removed from our lives.
Culturally our parents didn’t seem to want to discuss their parents, and were reluctant to share stories about them.
Now, things are different. Grandparents today are young and they want to make a significant impact in the lives of their grandchildren.
Our lives are getting busier and busier, and now is a good time to collect your stories together so they can be shared and treasured for years to come.
To get you started here are 3 quick and easy ways to let your grandchildren know all about you.
Collect photographs and publish a photobook
There are a lot of websites available now which allow you to publish your photos in hardcover photo books.
This is a wonderful way to share your memories, and teach your grandchildren about what life was like for you.
Many of these sites allow you to create calendars too. This is another great way to display your treasured memories.
Create an audio book of your stories
As my mother’s dementia got worse me and my children would turn on the voice recordings on our phones while she recounted the things she had experienced.
All smart phones have this device, and it is an easy way to tell the stories of your past.
Platforms such as iBooks and Amazon have audio book options which means you can have your stories published as podcasts and mp3 files for easier sharing.
Write the story of your life
Put aside a few hours a week and write down your life story. Don’t worry if you think it won’t be interesting. The things you did, what you saw and how you viewed the world will be markedly different from how your grandchildren do. They will be fascinated by how different life is and how many things you experienced.
As well, there are several free self-publishing services like CreateSpace (Amazon) where you can have your book published like a professional.