The new year has finally arrived so it’s time for a new memory planner.

Normally, as January hits, we’d all be busy making plans for the rest of the year. I’d already have booked loads of days out, started researching holidays, and planned weekends with friends.

Only this year, as with most of last year, we’re still in the middle of the global pandemic.

Coronavirus will continue to dominate how we spend our time for a while yet. As a result, our lifestyles will also be affected, and there will be a lot more keeping the kids busy at home.

That means that we’ll have to be clever with our plan making this year.

Making memories

It’s a fact of life that as we get older, time seems to tick by faster and faster each year.

The reason? As modern parents, we feel pulled in every direction to keep everyone happy.

Throw children into the mix, and you’ll feel as though it’s been five minutes since last New Year’s Day.

With home working and remote learning, last year put us under even more pressure than usual.

Don’t worry though, I have the answer.

Make memories that last a lifetime

Family days out and adventures with the children are, for most parents, what weekends and holidays are about.

With most of us sitting in tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions however, they just won’t be happening.

Exploring new places or activities and making memories are what help to shape a child’s upbringing. It goes without saying therefore, that family times are what they that they will remember the most.

For our children living through coronavirus, the family time they share is the stability that they need.

So how do we still make sure that we don’t forget to make memories?

Planning made easy

The key to winning at any kind of parenting task is to break it down.

Things don’t seem quite so daunting if you’re taking baby steps and get a loose plan together.

So how do you fancy some help in planning your year?

My memory planner was something I came up with when expecting my second child. I was so worried that in the blur of newborn days, my eldest who was 3 at the time, would miss out on the fun times we’d always shared together. It’s easy to forget your own name as a new parent, so planning to go to new places is often virtually impossible.

12-month memory planner

I created a 12-month planner of 3-4 manageable things to look forward to each month and ticked them off as we went.

Each month might include visiting a new park or attraction, learning a new craft, an annual tradition, an experiment, or simply just coming up with a fun new idea. For example, go for a picnic, have a tea party, do a treasure hunt, or make a pom pom creature.

The best part is that they were things to do with the kids that were easy and could be adapted to suit the budget.

In planning your year you:

  • Alleviate your own worries about forgetting to focus on spending quality time together
  • Take the focus off surviving the pandemic lockdowns, and make time for smiles
  • Create a lovely plan of new activities that the kids will love to tick off
  • Won’t be having to think up ideas for family time last minute
  • Produce a lasting keepsake of the year you had together, so there will be no confusion in what you’ve been up to

This will be our 4th year of planning our family times, and I can honestly say that having my planner printed and hanging on the fridge door is a lifesaver.

Only this year, it might be more dreams and goals, and anything that I do manage to tick off will be a bonus.

So here’s the thing… I’m sharing my planner with you this year.

Simply sign up below to receive a 2021 planner that you can use to plan your family time.

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Year long family plan for 2020

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If you need some inspiration for what to add, here are a few ideas:

  • Go on a winter walk
  • Have a superhero tea party
  • Have a movie night
  • Make thank you cards
  • Collect leaves and make a nature picture
  • Find a new park
  • Go paddling outdoors
  • Camp in the garden
  • Make a movie with teddies
  • Put on fancy dress and take funny pictures
  • Do a painting and frame it
  • Go to a theme park
  • Go ice skating
  • Watch an outdoor show
  • Make salt dough
  • Visit a relative (hopefully!)
  • Have a day out at the seaside
Year planner template

There’s nothing more demoralising than a not being able to tick anything off a list. Keep it achievable and realistic, and remember to stick to your local restrictions.

We really hope that it helps you to make 2021 a year that everyone will remember.