A Basket Full of Memories
As you become older you realize that memories and treasured keepsakes are what you come away with from your childhood. Memories connect our pasts, our present, and our futures — and they connect us to one another. What situations come into your mind when someone asks you to remember your childhood memories?
Life flies by fast and before you know it your kids will be grown. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make sure that your children have fond memories of growing up. Will your kids remember their Xbox or will they remember the two of you running through the sprinklers on a hot day?
Childhood memories are usually the simplest of things. Remember when you learned to ride your first bike? Jumping in a pile of leaves in the fall, making mudpies, snowball fights, playing in the rain, chasing butterflies, gathering eggs in the hen house, playing “dress up” like mom, hunting with dad, turning the crank on the ice cream.
We all have memories of our childhood that are cherished in our hearts forever. It’s not the things that cost the most money, it’s the time spent with the ones we love the most that we’ll always remember. Young parents of today should always try to spend quality time with their children. It’s not what you buy them, but the memories you make together, that they’ll look back on when they’re grown. The simple pleasures that cost nothing, yet are priceless.
A First Memory Starter….
Write your child a letter soon after they are born. Fill it with your thoughts, hopes, dreams and the experience of bringing a new life into the world. Place your note in an envelope and inscribe, “On the day you were born” on it, and tuck it in a journaling-type book.
Each year on your child’s birthday, write another letter to her—fill it with the memories, milestones, dreams, events, ideas and the life that you and your family have created throughout the year. When your child grows up and has a place of his or her own, present the book and continue to send the letters on your child’s birthday.
You will have written a book and told the story of two very special people: you and your child.
How To Make Memories….
On Your Lap. It’s the best place in the entire world for a book, story, or conversation. And it’s been right in front of you the whole time.
Hugs and Kisses. I once heard the story of a man who told his 7-year old son that he had grown too old for kisses. I tear up every time I think of it. Know that your children are never too old to receive physical affirmation of your love for them.
Meals Together. Meals provide unparalleled opportunity for relationship, the likes of which can not be found anywhere else. So much so, that a family that does not eat together does not grow together.
You may not be an animal lover – but getting any kind of pet can do miracles! It doesn’t only mean endless joy for your children but it also is a great way to teach them what responsibility is. You don’t have to get a dog or a cat, there are so many animals that make great and easy to keep pets.
Try hamster, fish, parrot or even a turtle. Teach your kid how to feed it and train it. Your children will love you for getting them a pet and you will love the effect it will have on their character. Your first pet is always one of the greatest childhood memories…
You can visit a foreign country, a big city or a village – the important thing is to go to a road trip together as a family at least once! Wander, explore, experience, bond and create unforgettable memories. You will learn your kids to love traveling and make the most of the chance to spend couple of whole days together.
Holidays and family trips are one of the things we remember with joy . Fill your family album with lots of photos and funny captures!
Give Them The Gift Of Growing Up With These Memories…..
Play with the garden hose
Spot shapes in the clouds
Tell them about God
Hold them when they cry
Sometimes in the summer we would go to the drive-in movie….Mom always made a big sack of popcorn and a Memory I will always remember.
Play dress up
Let them climb into bed with you when they have a bad dream
Turn off your cell phone and spend time with them
Tell them you love them every day
Make Snow Ice Cream
Read them fairy tales
Create new everyday rituals: warm vanilla milk, a story or a kiss on the forehead before bedtime—special touches that will help your child drift off to a peaceful sleep.
Give second chances, third chances, fourth chances…
Tell them you believe in them
Blow on a Dandelion and make a wish
Go to the Library
Be kind to them so they’ll learn to be kind
“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”
TIP: RECIPE FOR PRESERVING CHILDREN
- 1 grassy field
- 1/2 dozen (or more) children
- several dogs (and puppies, if available)
- 1 brook
- several pebbles
- Into field, pour children and dogs — allowing to mix well.
- Pour brook over pebbles til slightly frothy.
- Cool children and dogs slightly in brook.
- When dry, serve with milk and freshly baked gingerbread cookies.
Each parent would have many stories to tell about their children. These stories would have many moments which are cherishable, memorable and wonderful. All these experiences could make each parent an author of a book.
If your children had to share their life story with someone else, what memories would be the basis for their story? Now is the time to shape their story with living memories that will last a lifetime.
You are going to blink and these little people – who, for now, see you as the beginning and the end of the universe – are going to be all grown up. Make sure that when that day comes, they will look back and smile and remember the little moments like these. I know I will.
Are you making time to create memories with your children?
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