We take pictures when our children are babies—man, do we take pictures! We take pictures when they are two, four,  and six months old (if not monthly).  We take pictures when they turn one, and, faithfully every year at least until they start school. We take pictures when they go on their first date, prom, and of course when they graduate. My obvious point here is that we tend take a lot of pictures! We love to document milestones in their life—as we should. However, an important stage we tend to dismiss is junior high.

Seventh and eighth grades are such a time of change in both their life and in ours as parents.  Yet, it tends to be the least documented; this is the age to document! Our precious children are stretching and growing, changing, discovering who they are, and where they fit inside their world.  During this time, we capture the passing of an era, that is, we see traces of childhood crossing over into the young ladies and gentlemen they are becoming.

Documenting with pictures is like a diary of our children for us as parents. We look back and say, “Remember when…?”  I know that I, as a parent, do this quite often. I look back and it takes me immediately to that time frame and helps me to recall specific and unique events.  Whether it is a funny way they said a word when they were little, or how they approached their first crush as they got older. There is always so much that deserves remembering. Don’t let there be blank pages in your diary!

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Documenting with pictures is like a diary of our children for us as parents. We look back and say, “Remember when…?”  I know that I, as a parent, do this quite often. I look back and it takes me immediately to that time frame and helps me to recall specific and unique events.  Whether it is a funny way they said a word when they were little, or how they approached their first crush as they got older. There is always so much that deserves remembering. Don’t let there be blank pages in your diary!

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