Where can you find a craft multiple generations will enjoy?
When you’re a caregiver, sometimes the family members you’re caring for can no longer do the crafts they love. Perhaps they can still supervise younger generations in crafts.
And at some point they may no longer be able to do or supervise the crafts they love. Then it may be time to think outside the box, coming up with a new craft or project…
One of the best ways to get the generations together is to work on a project meaningful to all. A family tree can often bridge the generation, making each feel important and needed. Even when considered too young, too old or too ill to do many complex crafts.
Creating a family tree can be a challenging yet fun project. It can involve more than one generation, and actually bring family members together through sharing memories and stories.
A family tree template can make your job easier. Often it has blanks to fill in. Even if you don’t use it for your final version, a famly tree template can help you fill in all the members of each generation.
Perhaps like Mary even discovering relatives you never knew or things about ones you only thought you knew…
When Mary and her family worked on their family tree, she was amazed at the hardiness of her ancestors.
One example is when the parents of her great-great grandfather died, the oldest girl and boy in the family kept the family together. They cared for the other children, raising them on the family farm.
Pretty amazing, yes?
Mary thought so too. Especially when she learned the oldest child was only 15 when the parents died!
Mary used a family tree template to keep track of all the members of each generation.
How can you use a family tree template when crafting a family tree?
- It can be flexible, changing as needed. If you write in pencil you can more easily change the information on your initial versions. And yes, it’s fairly common to need to update the information…
- Use the format you like; it’s okay if your family tree template doesn’t look like a tree! Family tree templates can be a chart… a tree… a circle… or whatever shape works for you…
- Start with what you know and add to it as you get more information. Sometimes the hardest part is just starting. And remember to include as many family members in the process as possible. No one is too old or too young to help add their unique perspective to your information. Including stories can make your family tree come alive…
- Keeping dates on your family tree template helps you organize the information. And you may be surprised at just how many family members you have once you start looking…
- Consider a special format for your final version. Maybe a wall hanging or a book. After all this work, you want to proudly display your masterpiece!
How do you begin making your family tree?
There’s no right or wrong answer to that question. If you want to start on a notebook or a piece of poster board, that’s fine.
Maybe you’d like to start now, on the computer. Well you can, and here’s how…
It can be a great project for a caregiver and the person you’re caring for. Remember most of all, have FUN!
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To your healthy caregiving,
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