It seems like so often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to smell the roses. I know it sounds a little cliche however it’s true. More so than you realize. When was the last time you slowed down enough to notice what was really going on around you? When was the last time you walked barefoot through the park, or played hopscotch with your kids. Consider engaging your children on their level. Life is too short not to enjoy the small things. “Stuff ” isn’t all that important when you’re not around to enjoy it. Creating lasting memories often times require little to no financial input. You’ll be surprised that those insignificant moments to you created a lasting impact on your children.
I spend a lot of time with my kids being a stay at home mom and everyday is a joy. I learn and experience something different with each of them. Taking nothing for granted and trying to teach them to do the same. I give my kids each a mommy date day. This day comes with a day off from school where we hang out and do something they want to do. Each one gets their own day separate from their siblings. It gives me a chance to focus on just that one child with no distractions. They have always looked forward to these days each school year. They also get those special days with their dad. He is a truck driver and he takes them one by one on the road with him during the summer months. Children grow up so fast. I just asked myself, “where did the time go?” I have a son graduating from high school in a few months, a rising 10th grader and a rising 8th grader. It struck a nerve with me because I feel like I have so much yet to experience with them. As kids get older they tend to want to hang out with their friends more and be more independent of their parents, but I feel its up to us (as parents) to continue to create those family, bonding moments separately and collectively.
Take some time and do something different. Surprise your family with a game night after dinner, or a walk on a nature trail. Get to know your kids and allow them to know who you are. Engage your spouse in date night. Reconnect with them and savoir those moments. Reconnecting and building stronger bonds will allow you to reap lasting rewards for years to come. Talk…..Yes, actually have conversations with one another Put away the electronic devices and engage one another. Share stories and create new ones!
The little things are what we remember. The talks, the walks, the cry’s, the unspoken moments of unconditional love. It’s what we hold on to. The Memories….making them and remembering them til the end.
Do something unexpected for someone unexpecting~Tamara