Creating an Electronic Journal for your Child

photoCreating an electronic journal for your child can be done in a number of ways, however a close friend of mine (Scrummy Mummy Maternity) suggested setting oneย up as an email account. It sounded like fab idea but up until Monkey’s third Birthday I hadn’t really given any more thought to it.

I am now kicking myself a little bit, as the sameย friends little girl sent Monkey a video Birthday message. It was so cute and Monkey kept asking for me to play it over and over again! Its very special to him. So what do I do with it now? Well if I had set up an email account for him then I could send it onto his account. Unfortunately I didn’t, if I had, by now I would have three years of documents and messages saved for him. So on the way home from work on Monday I decided it was time to do just that. I also got to thinking about some of this things which could be included

  • Email from Mummy & Daddy explaining why we have set the account up
  • Videos of Monkey and video messages we have been sent
  • Photos, photos, photos, in Monkeys first year I took the 365 day challenge which would have been perfect
  • Blog posts of the things we have got up to and places we have been
  • Nursery newsletters
  • Online entries from the nursery’s tapestry system
  • Monkey’s little sayings
  • Important invites and ticket confirmations
  • Notes around milestones
  • Fashion, fads and news paper articles
  • Club membership details and achievements
  • Scanned school reports
  • Ancestry details
  • Completed questionnaires and interviews – like the one I use for Monkeys Birthday here
  • Messages from loved ones included scanned versions of hand written notes
  • Other key milestones

I would love to hear if anyone has any other ideas which could be included?

Mudpie xx

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33 Comments

  1. pottymouthedmummy

    This is such a wonderful idea. I remember seeing a Google advert when a dad had done the same for his daughter and I thought then, how beautiful. I wish I had done this too xx

  2. Emily | Girl in the Apple Wood

    We’ve done this as well, and will be giving the details to family members so they can send emails too (how much they’re looking forward to seeing us, for example).

    However, we’ve also created a memories box too – with hospital wristbands / first baby grow / cards. I don’t want those to get lost either ๐Ÿ™‚ #TwinklyTuesday x

  3. MOMM

    I have an email account set up for Baby Z and I email updates every couple of months. I hope I can carry on with it until he perhaps reaches his teens, and I can’t wait for him to read them all back! Great post, and better to start late than never! #twinklytuesday

  4. Jenna

    I wish I had done this too but in a way, it’s what I use my blog for. Aside from that, my husband and I will write proper handwritten letters to Jasmine on the night before each birthday. We seal them up and put them in her memory box for her to open at a yet-to-be-determined date in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #twinklytuesday

  5. Liz Joiner

    Visiting from Twinkly Tuesday

    This is such a great idea, I’d love to do this for Sophie. Would you write emails of what’s been happening to Monkey? I’m trying to think of how would I use an email address to document things for Sophie.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

    1. mudpiefridays

      Yes I think so – he was saying some pretty funny stuff on the way home from nursery tonight which I want to record – to be honest if I wasn’t driving I could probably have recorded him saying it! Thanks for stopping by

  6. travelingchristie

    This is a lovely idea, I love the emails how wonderful would it be to stumble across emails from your parents one day xx

  7. 4128miles

    What a lovely idea. I heard about someone doing something similar a while back and typically I forgot all about it! It would have been lovely for our little man. Damn it! #twinklytuesday

  8. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    I love this idea – what a great way of keeping an electronic journal. I have a separate private blog which includes letters to my children and photos of all those little milestones which they can look back on and I also have paper journals for them both where I write monthly letters to each of them. The letters are then also put on the blog so they have an electronic copy of it as well as a handwritten one.

  9. ethannevelyn.com

    What a lovely idea! I have to say… I am taking my hat off to you with the scanning of the school reports. There are so much already just on nursery reports. I am like… they do so much at nursery! Eyes Wide! lol! So my blog is my way of keeping their journal with me. The nursery report, I think I will have it as a keepsake, treasured in his bedroom or later in the attic. Would be lovely to hear what they have to say when they get older isn’t it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ x #Kidscornor

    1. mudpiefridays

      Our nursery makes it easy sending a newsletter each week by email! Lol. Lovely that your blog is your journal ?. I think I will probably get – awwww mum why did you feel it necessary to keep my 3rd birthday cards! Xx

  10. Katy (What Katy Said)

    I have literally just been thinking about this yesterday!! I set up emails a while back but havent done anything witg them – time to get organised!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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