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reminisce, reminisce, reminisce

8 December, 2016

Yesterday morning, Pony Monkey and I were sitting on the daybed chatting about the night her brother was born.  While she definitely remembered him being born, her ability to recall certain details has diminished to the point where I was sincerely shocked.  Just a few months ago, she was able to rattle off so many little details about his birth. Some were still there, but others she had no idea on, even after I asked her pretty pointedly if she remembered this or that.

Maybe the events of that night weren’t as impactful, and therefore as memorable, to her as they were to me.  Maybe her brain is just so busy developing that this memory slipped away. Either way, thinking about this led me to staying up past my bedtime to reread articles on brain development and memory.

An August 2016 article from Newsweek entitled “Childhood Amnesia: Understanding the Symptoms and the Causes” in particular caught my attention.  Looking at differences in memory between children and adults is interesting enough on its own, but considering that I have two young children and can help to shape the way they remember things? Fascinating!

Some days, especially lately, I spend every waking moment with my kids.

Other days, I stay up later than I should just so I can enjoy being alone with my thoughts, peppered by the periodic wake-ups of a Little Dude who isn’t so keen on sleeping alone.

Either way, it’s safe to assume that I get at least 12-14 hours a day in the company of my imps. And in that time, much conversation is had.

I love learning new things, especially on subjects that are dear to me.  I’m happier still when, in the course of learning, I’m awarded some sort of parenting gold star.  I can’t remember how or when Pony Monkey started asking for me to tell her stories, but it is definitely part of our regular routine now.  And per this article, the act of reminiscing together aids in memory retention in children (and, I’d imagine, adults as well).

I’ll be sure to put that one on my star chart.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sarah Guidone permalink
    8 December, 2016 08:45

    Wow, that is fascinating! Hope your holidays are going well! Looking forward to meeting Little Dude one day xoxo

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