Creating Timeless Memories for your Kids

A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

Picnic at Mt Tambourine

6 Months Old at Mt Tambourine

My son started his journey in learning Taekwondo in 2011. It was to help him learn:

  1. Co-ordination;
  2. Focus;
  3. Self-control;
  4. Disciplin;
  5. Respect.

The training gave him the ability to concerntrate and focus in school. He now sets his own goals and aims to break them. One of his goals is to achieve a black belt and when this happens, I will be there with my trusty camera to record this. He will turn 8 in May this year.

He knows his strength and weaknesses and has an incredible spirit of curiosity and a craving to learn. He loves playing the piano and has influenced my daughter to take up a daily practice too.

It was not always this easy for him though. He was 5 when he started Taekwondo and had also started Prep. We were often called in by his teachers who felt that something was wrong with him, he was definately thought of as different from other kids. We were told that he could not write well. Although he could read, they felt that he did not understand what he read. We were also told that he had no resiliance in dealing with other tough kids. Wow! It is not easy to take all this in, yet I had more faith in him than what I was being told about him.

I am a hands on mother, always guiding him and teaching him about respect. Gosh, schooling is very different from Singapore, where I was born. I thought that kids go to school to learn but we felt that our son was expected to know it all. I listened to all that was present to me about him, yet I had faith in him as a unique and amazing little boy. I played with him and spent more time with him, this boost his self-esteem and gave him the confidence to face the unseen in school.

We spend much time to help him get through the challenges and he has put in a tremendous amount of effort to do his very best in the way he knew. He has come a long way and I am so proud of him. Today, he still dislikes writing but performs well above average in his Maths, Science and Reading. The teachers who felt he was different now see him with a lot of potential.

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A very Happy soon to be 8 year old.

You can see the change in him as he is truly a wonderful individual and I always encourage him to make a difference in life and to use a little human touch to help others. More importantly, he is able to exercise respect in his conversations with others. Respect is the most important lesson I instill in my kids.

As we are their first teachers in their life, our role is to guide them and teach them about living a life of adventure and discovery while learning to honor and respect others in their journey.

I have recorded his gradings in many photos and videos and can see his growth. It will make a great video and an insprising story for him to remember on his 21st Birthday.

How do you keep photos and videos of your kids successful achievements?

Do these photos and videos live in your computer or your external hard drives?

Many people I know, take photos and leave them on their computer, cameras and phones, they then forget about them. How sad that these precious memories are lost in clutter and are forgotten. What if you could bring them back to life. Would you do that?

Why not preserve them for your kids and show them how incredible they were.

My son will definately have heaps of memories because I love to capture those precious moments.

Will you?

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".