Published On: Sat, Apr 18th, 2015

The Must Do Not So Pretty Height Chart

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

IMG_2310While it may not look like it at a glance, this is a height chart. And while you might not see any ruler like measuring marks, I can assure you it will show you much much more than any traditional chart. I can also promise you it will not fall down, and will never ever be forgotten due to its placement.

You see this is the back of a linen cupboard door in our home. It all began when we moved in five years ago and casually marked the kids height. Next to it, I wrote a little something about moving into our new home and since then have written a message to the kids every year about our families highlights over the last 12 months.

As you can see from the bottom entry, it’s all me doing the writing back then. But as we have continued over the last five years, the kids have taken over. This year they have started to draw what they currently love in their young lives, and when we look back in the future and see these changes, I am sure it will make us all smile. “Remember when Aidan loved Trash Pack, remember when Bella started to write her name in running writing, remember when Will loved Penguins more than anything else in the world?” All of these memories recorded on the back of an old cupboard door.

It’s messy, but we understand it. And if we ever move, yes you guessed it. In the contract it will state “linen cupboard door not included”.

By Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2015
www.mummyweekly.com.au

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