This is a guest post by Renee, whose biography is below!
When asked to recall my earliest memory, I have no problem digging it out of my memory vault. I remember a specific day when I stumbled out of bed and placed my tiny feet on a cold, worn hardwood floor. I peeked around the corner and saw my mother rocking my baby sister in a creaky old rocking chair that was foreign to me. My dad scooped me up and brought me outside to a dock, where he asked me to find flat rocks so that he could throw them in the lake. We were on a family vacation in Maine, and I was barely three years old.
I am sure, as a child, that life was not always filled glitter and butterflies as I remember it. I have no doubt that I had loads of temper tantrums, sat in time-out, and battled it out with my siblings like any regular kid; however, those moments have been wiped from my memories.
My memory bank is only packed with special moments, which define my childhood. As parents, how do we create lasting memories for our children? How do we do the best we can to guarantee that our children look back on their childhood with warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings?
Although building lasting memories for your children may feel like a massive, daunting responsibility, if you follow these 5 tips it is actually very simple.
1) Go on Trips and Adventures
My very first memory ever was from a weekend getaway. The trip wasn’t anything fancy. Just my family and some friends staying in a cabin. The thing is, children remember trips. Being somewhere new is exciting, and those exhilarating moments will stay with your children.
Go on trips or vacations with your children. Whether it is a week long beach vacation, a day trip to an amusement park, or even a hike in the park, they will have flashbacks of even the tiniest moments. They will always recall the moments they spent with their family on these tiny adventures.
2) Create Recurring Traditions
When I was a child, every Friday in the summer we would walk to our neighbor’s house. The parents would sit on the porch and blast Beach Boys songs. The kids would play soccer and look for fireflies. I reminisce about the “Good Ole’ Days” every time the summer heat rolls in.
Traditions give children a sense of belonging and stability. They create solid memories in the minds of little children that are not easy to forget.
3) Let them be Kids
If you want your children to have fond childhood memories, don’t forget to just let them be kids. Allow them to play in the mud, splash in a puddle, or run around outside past their bedtime.
Recently, after a rainstorm, my two youngest children found a swamp-sized mud puddle in our backyard. At first, I bit my cringed as they dipped their toes in the sticky brown mud. I could only think of the mess that was yet to come. I quickly reminded myself that I would rather my children reminisce about the day their “cool” mother let them splash in a mud puddle than avoid giving them a messy bath.
4) Do Something Out of the Ordinary
Try something new with your children. If you surprise them with something they have never done before, you will make a deep impression in their curious minds. Some ideas include:
– Bake a cake or casserole together
– Get a canvas, paint, create art together
– Grab a fishing rod and go to a local pond
– Get a manicure together
– Go to a local animal shelter to walk a dog
The options are endless; just make sure it is something new!
5) Document the Memories
I am sure that I would have forgotten some of my childhood moments if my mother didn’t capture them on camera. When my siblings and I look at old photographs, it jogs our memories of certain events and days.
I’ve never heard a parent say that if feels like it is taking forever for their kids to grow up. We blink our eyes and our babies are walking. We blink again and our toddlers are going to kindergarten. So, I feel that if I did not have some pictures of my children then I would have forgotten how tiny they were.
Take pictures so that you children have some visual, permanent reminders of the moments you share together.
Final Thoughts on Ways to Create Lasting Memories
Nostalgic memories are priceless gifts that you can give your children. Thus, these 5 simple tips will undoubtedly pack your child’s memory bank with love and positivity; and help you develop confident, thriving children.
Renee is a working mom and blogger at Simply Snapping Mom (goldenslumbersphotos.com). Her blog focuses on simplifying parenting and teaching photography. In her free time she can be found chasing her three children down with a camera in her hands.
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