What Will Your Kid’s Earliest Memory Be? Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Isn’t it weird not to remember what it was like being a baby? It’s generally considered normal for an adult’s earliest memory to be from around age three or four, but a new study from the Memorial University of Newfoundland gives us a clue as to how it will work for our kids. Turns out, they’ll lose some early memories over the course of their childhood, but after a while, they’ll hold onto the ones that remain. For the study, researchers asked 140 kids, ages four through 13, about their earliest memories, and then followed up with them two years later. Very few four- to seven-year-olds could remember those memories they’d described the first time around, suggesting that they do forget them over time. The 10- to 13-year-olds, though, were able to remember more than half the memories they talked about at the first interview. This suggests that your kid will probably forget a lot of the early stuff, but if he remembers it around age 10, it will probably stick with him.
What would you like your kid to remember about the preschool years?
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