Of the 1,001 jobs every parent has, one of the most important and least appreciated is that of "Family Historian." Regardless of our personal wealth, the most precious thing we can pass on to our children, and the children of their children, is a tangible sense of family identity and their place in the cycle of the generations. A child without knowledge of family history becomes like an orphan lost in time.
When our children ask, "Where did I come from?" they are not always asking where babies originate. Beyond the biology, frequently the unspoken question is, "Where did my family come from and how do I fit in?"
My wife and I have tried to make "Family History" one of our core family values by encouraging our children to become active participants in the process of assembling and maintaining family scrapbooks and photo albums.