As a kid back in the 70’s, we didn’t have video cameras. Back in those days we had a 16mm camera with no sound that needed a bright and hot light. We still have some of that video that we transferred to VHS tape at one point. The quality was bad and with no sound it seemed kind of lifeless. I wish I had more video of my childhood. What was I like back then? How did I talk? I know I was shy and didn’t talk much, but other than that my childhood is somewhat of a blur.
That’s why with our son Tony I try to take video more often. Not just of him doing activities, but actually asking him questions on camera interview style. We always do this before the first day of school…That’s a tradition. I also take a still photo the first day of school for memorabilia.
When I first met my wife and Tony was going to kindergarten I forgot to take a picture that morning. So I staged the photo when he came back. Yes, I’m that crazy. But it was important to me.
Here’s my suggestion. Next time you have the video camera out do a short interview with your kids. Ask them who there friends are. Ask them their favorite hobby. Ask them what it’s like to be a ten year old (or whatever age they are). I ask kids that question all the time in the office. What’s it like to be seven?
It’s not like you’re going to watch these videos anytime soon, but you can guarantee one thing. Kids do grow up. At some point in their lives these videos will be special to them. Even if it’s only one day a year when they’re feeling nostalgic and they want to remember the past on a deeper level.
The interview style video is much different than seeing your kids play on the field or at a birthday party. You can organize the video later, just get it and save it on the computer.
Another option is to get a small recorder for your kids where they can do video diaries. Video takes up very little hard drive space and kids can record their memories as they happen. They can record their hard knocks of life, their joys and their sorrows.
I occasionally tease my wife Stefanie that if I weren’t in her life, all she’d have is pictures. Pictures are great, but video takes you back to the moment in a way pictures simply cannot.Share