It’s often debated how much a blogger should involve their children in the online world. We tell some of their stories and share lots of their pictures. And then we wonder how much is too much?
My son Evan has been a big part of my blog since I started in 2009 but not because I consider myself a “mommy blogger.” It’s because I consider myself a storyteller and he’s often my biggest source for both entertainment and inspiration.
For this I’m glad. Because as he gets older, I realize how easy it is to forget the small things. Like the way he would say “pima” for plane. Or how he would cry if his fruit bar accidentally broke in half.
With the words and photos and sometimes even videos on my blog, I’ve unwittingly documented five years of our lives. It’s five years of memories I can easily relive anytime the mood strikes. I have to say that is my favorite part of this blog.
But I’m having a hard time with Evan growing up. I want him to stay my baby forever and yet I want to see him grow into the wonderful young man I know he’ll be. So I tend to savor the moments more than most, something I did with my own childhood.
In fact, I recently dug out something from my own childhood to share with him. It’s was a “time capsule” that I made in 5th grade.
The time capsule was a well decorated yellow folder that held a piece of notebook paper containing all the relevant things for me that year: favorite TV shows, best friends, career goals. And for whatever reason, I kept up with this project making a yearly addition to the time capsule until I was a freshman in college.
Talk about change.
Evan thought the idea was cool and it’s probably one of the reasons he loves the new app I downloaded, OneDay.
It’s an app that lets you create a video time capsule of your kids, right from your smart phone.
It lays out content topics (e.g., God, About My Mom, My Favorite Things, Animals/Pets). And within each topic, it gives you ten questions to pose to your kids. You can ask one or all ten and once you have your answers, OneDay will string the answers or “moments” into a neatly edited video with titles and music.
Kind of like this.
We stumbled a few times, like when I kept the camera rolling because I was hoping he’d say something other than a joke. Or I accidentally read him a misworded version of the question. But the result is a short, sweet video of Evan showing me how much animals mean to him.
It’s enough to make a mother bawl.
We stopped at seven or so questions but he wanted to keep going (part of why I did this at bedtime is because that’s always when he’s the chattiest.
When we wrapped up, he still asked if we could do more questions AND asked if it was a free app he could download himself.
Luckily, the answer is yes.
Once you download the app, you’re ready to begin! Admittedly, it took me a few tries to get it right. But we chose a “Story” to start with (you can’t see them all here but there are plenty).
I thought it would be fun to capture the answers to these questions, as a way to look back at this moment in time. But honestly, it’s a great way to really get your kids to open up to you. Evan gave me thoughtful answers that made me laugh and touched my heart.
He talked about some of his favorite things. We talked about how he feels about our numerous pets and we even did some tongue twisters.
And why this was so good for someone like me is that I, for once, shut up and just let him do the talking. He can’t wait to do more and I can’t wait to do more. I told him we should do this every year before he begins a new grade.
Once you capture your moments, you can string them together into a story, a neatly edited video with music and titles. When your story is complete, what you do with it is up to you. You can save it to your phone (where you can easily upload it to YouTube like I did, or to Facebook) or if you want to keep things more private (which is what I’ll do with most of my stories), you can join the OneDay community where you can share it with friends and family or far and wide.
I love, love, love this app. I see lots of room for it to grow and at the very least, I can now help Evan create his time capsule.
This post is sponsored by One Day and Blog Buzz 2 Go. Everything in this post is my opinion and, yes, I really do love this app.