If you scroll back in your memories, which was the first moment you remember? Asking myself the same question, I think, I remember my first steps when I was around 1 year old, but then I can only recall some ‘adventures’ with my parents and grandparents at the age of 4 or older. Now, having two kids, it is such a pity they will not be able to remember all the funny situations, lessons and emotional moments spent with their parents. One and a half years ago (when my kids were age 2 and almost 4) I started to write them little diaries. If there is some situation or moment worth keeping, I write it into my Google doc called Lili memories/Didi memories (you guessed right – Liliane and Diana are the two main heroes of those diaries). When browsing the web, I found some interesting facts why we and our kids rarely remember our childhood. In addition, the fact that we do not remember is not quite true. For example as infants we are aware of the past, as many experiments have shown. Babies in those experiments were not able to speak but they could imitate. Even a 6 month-old infant repeated a three-step sequence that was shown to him the next day. A 9-month-old infant repeated the same sequence a month later. Our brain focuses on developing the semantic memory – that’s how we learn to talk and build a vocabulary. But at the same time our brain is not developed enough yet to organise our memories in time and value, we do not have all the language needed to represent the experience. Since our nascent neural structures (especially hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) are not developed enough, our early childhood memories are erased after some time. For example, children at the age of 2 were witnessed to retain memories when they were half of that age, but they will not be able to keep these memories into adulthood. On average, we can have some first early fragmented memories at the age of 3 years and 6 months. And this is usually found in women, as they are bit more developed as compared to men at that age (huh, I think this gap lasts until we reach 100 especially in interactions, that can be so elaborately explained. The memories are stored as stories, narratives, but at an early age parts of the „story“are stored in different parts of the brain – easy to speak: visual pictures are stored on the other side of brain than sound for example. And hippocampus (which is not very developed at age 0-4) puts those parts together into very complex parts. Hippocampus then starts to tie the parts of information together properly after age 3. Nevertheless, a large majority of parents are trying to store the nicest moments of their kids’ childhood – camcorders, cameras etc. The trick with this equipment is that it’s not always there when we need it…and even if it’s there, the time we need to turn on the camera is usually the time when the ‘best part’ is over. On top of that, I noticed as a parent that I am distracted to record the moments and do not really cherish them. I am just a man, focused on one thing and so I focus on filming…and the whole experience is kind of passing me by. I do not even want to think about how much I missed when I was away– work, business trips, gym etc. All of this brought me together with some good friends to solve this problem for once and for all – the problem of my kids not remembering and me not experiencing those special moments. Since May 2014, we are developing a micro video camera with all kinds of features so you never miss out on any important moment. It will be a wearable camera for children and parents alike, and a clever nanny in one. We are just a few steps away in making Benjamin Button (how we call this little miracle) work and we want to make sure we are going in the right direction… Thank you all for your feedback and questions!
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