Capturing Memories: Our Goodbye Scrapbook (You Could Win a Camera & Printer!)
A couple of months ago I wrote an article here about helping children deal with change. My family had just made an offer on a new house, and the task before me – moving a family of four – weighed heavily on my mind. My biggest concern, far more worrisome than packing my wedding china or moving our furniture, was how my children would handle leaving the only home they had ever known. I set out to find ways to help them through the process, and I’m happy to say that we’ve come through with flying colors.
1. Find Time for Your Children: The chaos of moving can be overwhelming with hundreds of details from address changes to selling your current home to the endless task of packing. Even with your long to-do list, it’s still important to make time for special moments with your children.
2. Keep Special Items Nearby: My children were most concerned about favorite toys and lovies. We chose to pack those items at the last minute, and the most important stuffed animals and blankets traveled with us in the car.
3. Explain the Process: Moving can be very difficult for children to understand. My kids wanted to know what would happen and when, and we found that it helped to be very specific when talking to them about these details.
4. Keep Routines Normal: Children take comfort in routine, so as much as possible it is important to keep a normal routine throughout the moving process.
5. Capture Memories: A friend who had recently moved gave me one of the most important pieces of advice – allow your children to capture final memories of their old home – so with cameras in hand, we set out to create one last scrap book of our old home.
Creating a Goodbye Scrapbook
Using our Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS that is small enough to fit comfortably into the hands of my four and six-year-olds, we headed back to the old house to say good-bye the day before it was listed for sale. I allowed the kids to lead, simply following along for support, and my daughter began with pictures and video of the front yard, amused by the “For Sale” sign, but wanting to get one more shot of our magnolia.
Inside the house my son got into the spirit of things posing for the camera and taking various shots of his big sis in the kitchen, by the window, in the upstairs hallway. The most telling moment was when we came to their former bedrooms, no longer resembling the little area of the world that belonged to them with their furniture now moved to our new home. They enjoyed standing in front of their windows, looking thoughtfully at the camera and taking video of each other.
Once we returned home to our new house, we simply used the USB cable to connect the camera to our Canon PIXMA MG8120 printer, and we suddenly had access to the video and photos taken at the house. The kids were able to use the user intuitive and kid-friendly Intelligent Touch technology to navigate to print photos from the camera, and they immediately agreed upon a picture they took with the neighbors’ dogs in the background, standing along the backyard fence. With HD Movie Print, we also had the option of pinpointing and printing images shot from video footage while we were creating our scrapbook of memories.
Once the kids had chosen all of their favorite images and printed them out, we turned to our cardstock paper and placed them in order of how we might move through the house were we returning: front yard, entryway, kitchen, bedrooms, and finally heading out to the backyard to play on the playset, ending with that first picture they chose to print – the neighbors’ dogs, coming to say goodbye.