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7 Clever Ways To Commemorate Your Kids If You're Short On Time

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Create an e-mail account for them.


Make your kids an e-mail account and send them e-mails, pictures, videos, whatever. When they turn 18 (let's say) give them the password. Voila! This works great to cut down on all those cute pictures they make you. Snap and photo and send it to them. Give the e-mail out to friends and family. They can contribute too. Don't can delete any that you feel are inappropriate.

Make them a shadow box.


Craft stores always have these in stock. Grab one for each kid next time they go on sale, and get to work. Make a birth shadow box with newborn photo, first outfit, first curl, etc. Or use a shadow box to display their best loved toys. The best part: it's on the wall so everyone can enjoy it.

Make a time-capsule lamp.


This Canadian mother had a bright idea: save all the stuff found in her son's pockets before tossing the clothes in the wash. At his wedding, she gave him a lamp containing all the treasures from his childhood.

Put it in a binder.


Hole punch it. Stick it in a binder. Done.

My mom did this for me. ( wasn't a binder, but the empty photo album she meant to fill up with pictures.) It was nice to see some of the stuff I drew and reports I wrote. My kids really get a kick out of seeing my "little kid" handwriting!

Make a digital handprint on your iPad every year.


Short on space? This is perfect for you. Follow these directions to make a digital print of your kids' hands or feet. Turn them into works of art, make a book out of them later, or e-mail it to that account you made...

We're busy. I get it. Our kids know how much we love them because of the time we spend...but it sure would be nice to pull out one of these bad-boys some momentous birthday! Need more inspiration? Check out these 26 ways to preserve your kids memories forever.

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