When I was growing up and we went on a family trip or to any kind of event my Dad would always ask us on the way home, ‘what was your favorite part?’ It got to be a bit of a running joke and we’d try to beat him to it by asking the same question of him before he could ask it of us.
I didn’t understand why he was doing it at the time, as a kid I don’t think you’re supposed to understand those things. As a parent myself I now see my Dad’s infinite wisdom…ok maybe not infinite, but I think he was onto something here. It forced me to think back about what I had just seen or done while it was still fresh in my memory.
Fast forward a bunch of years to the present and now there’s a website that can attach our kids’ memories to a ticket stub for everyone to see. With a few clicks you can upload a ticket stub to StubStory and either let your kids type the story themselves or have them dictate it to you. Older kids can use this as a writing exercise that’s actually fun. Younger kids with good memories are hilarious once they get talking. Make sure you get it all in there…the good, the bad and the ugly. If they want to talk about the long line at the bathroom or the smell once they got in there, let them.
If you went to Disney World and your kids took pictures with Mickey you can upload those pictures too. Sometimes looking at the pictures can jog their memories and they’ll start talking about something that you never knew was happening at the time. So go find your old ticket stubs and have fun with it.