5 Ways To Make Happy Family Memories
Your family is probably like many others these days—pulled in countless directions by educational, social, and recreational obligations. Make Family Memories your family will remember for years to come.
Think back when you were a child what memories do you remember. We went fishing every summer to West Yellowstone. Dad purchased a boat and we loved to water ski, even though mother thought we would drown in the middle of the lake. We loved to roast hot dogs at the sand hills.
Through the years raising our family we had many traditions our kids still remember. Let me share a few….
1.MAKE TIME…. Children have this annoying habit of growing up and having lives of their own, as parents we have to take the time to spend together with them wherever we can get it. Be there for sporting events, and dance recitals, fishing, and band concerts.
2.EATING DINNER TOGETHER…..we always ate dinner together as a family it was a normal routine. It would be a fantastic idea if everyone is focused on dinner and not other things at the same time; which means TV, phone texting and computer are out of bounds during this time.
3.PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN…According to parenting coach Toni Schutta, parents spend an average of 11 hours a day using electronic devices. You are missing so many moments in your child’s life. You need to be there for your child. Look at them, talk to them, let them know you care about what they are saying.
4.SAY I LOVE YOU EVERYDAY…. Growing up we never heard that. I was 47 years old when my mother finally said that. She grew up without a mom as hers died when she was 10 and I think that is why. She never heard it. My dad grew up in a family of 10 and grandma and grandpa had so many things to do they forgot that part.
Make it apart of your family everyday. Say it in the morning when they get up. Continue to say it during the day. Kids need to know that that are loved.
5.START TRADITIONS….They make memories that last a lifetime. When our kids were growing up we had traditions. At Easter a big egg hunts on our 40 acres. Halloween we always bought costumes for everyone and had a huge party even breaking a pinata filled with candy at the end. My favorite was watching the kids eat donuts from a string and bobby for apples.
Maybe summer could be family camping outings or family reunions. We remember many fun times around a campfire roasting s’mores.
Growing up the traditions I remember were homemade pancakes every Saturday morning and caramel corn every Sunday night. Practicing family traditions puts your thumbprint on your family’s history. What will your kids remember?
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