With technology, such as Smartphones and digital pocket cameras at our fingertips every waking moment, it’s easier than ever to capture photos and video of our children’s lives. And, given the prevalence of social media, it’s easier to share them, too. But how to archive and preserve memories comprised of pixels and megabytes, data most of us barely understand? Our mothers had different tools at their disposal to record our lives: negatives, photos, Kodachrome slides, the occasional video. These could be stored in boxes or albums. The reality is that today we document so many more moments than our parents ever could, but we lag far behind in terms of securely archiving them. BACK UP YOUR FILES Most of us don’t make photographs or videos for a living, but we can learn from those who do. Professional photographers edit, organize and file thousands of images—many of which are of their own kids.