Making Memories with Your Kids

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Start by telling your child often:

  • I love you no matter what.
  • I love you even when you are angry at me.
  • I love you even when I am angry with you.
  • I love you when you are far way.  My love for you can reach you wherever you are.
  • Thank you for being my child and bringing joy to my life.
  • I enjoyed playing with you today.
  • My favorite part of the day was when we _______________.

During those long times in the car…. Instead of talking on the phone to your friend, or making business phone calls, talk to your kids…  Share things like this……..

  • The story of their birth or adoption
  • The story of how you chose their name.
  • The story of how you meet their father.
  • The day of your wedding.
  • A story about yourself when you were their age.
  • A story about their grandparents, their uncles or aunts
  • That sometimes you struggle too, have bad days, and feel heartbroken or dissappointed just like they do.

Despite the age of your child…..  PLAY WITH THEM…… 

  • Freeze Tag outside with them or in the water.
  • Create crafts together or cook together, lots of great ideas on Pinterest for kids of all ages
  • I Spy- especially when you’re tired of driving and getting bored.
  • Play catch with them or Barbie dolls or some other activity of their choice

Pretend with them:

  • To catch their kiss and put it on your cheek.
  • Their tickle tank is empty and you have to fill it.
  • That it’s party day!  Decorate for no reason!
  • That you are on vacation….  Stay in PJ’s All day, eat junk, and watch movies
  • About being movie stars, singers, or the next political figure….. Ask what they would do….

Pamper:

  • Go to the spa with your daughters
  • Lay out by the pool
  • Get a massage together
  • Get a pedicure
  • Go shopping
  • Attend a sporting event together
  • Make their favorite meal
  • Go to the movie of their choice
  • Lay down with them

Be a FUN PARENT:

  • Dancing in the kitchen with your kids while cleaning the kitchen, doing dishes, or cooking.
  • To get your kids to bop to the music with you in the car.
  • Show your kids that you can do a somersault or handstand or a cartwheel.

Read to them:

  • A book of silly poems.
  • Your favorite childhood book to them.
  • A love letter their father  or mothr wrote to you,
  • Entries in their baby book
  • Old Cards
  • Yearbook entries from your high school days
  • The bible or a daily devotion

Ask them:

  • Why do you think that happens?
  • What do you think would happen if______?
  • If you could change one thing about….  your life….    your school…..  your bedroom……
  • What are you thinking about?
  • What was the favorite part of your day?
  • What is your favorite day
  • What is the best thing about your life?
  • What is the worst thing about your life?

Show them

  • How to cook (age appropriate)
  • How to wash their clothes
  • How to Make Sweet TEA (very important if you live in the South)
  • How to clean a bathroom
  • How to make a bed
  • How to Iron
  • How to LOVE unconditionally
  • How to make life more enjoyable
  • How to be kind and compassionate to others
  • How to forgive

Take Time:

  • To watch construction sites and the interesting changes going on around you in your community.
  • To allow your child to help you cook by gathering ingredients or mixing them in the bowl.
  • To walk places together, ride bikes, or to sit in the yard and swing.
  • To dig in the dirt together, every little boys dream.
  • To do a task at your child’s pace such as color, build with blocks, or Walk…..
  • To just sit with your child while they play.

Delight your child:

  • By putting chocolate chips in the pancakes to surprise them
  • Putting a love note in their lunch, write it on their mirror, or post it on their door.
  • Make their snack into a smile face
  • Send them letters to camp
  • Take them for ice cream for no reason

Give Them:

  • An assuring look with kind eyes to your child.
  • A smile when your child walks into the room.
  • A kind touch back when your child touches you.
  • The chance to connect before you correct so that your child can actually hear your words.
  • Your child a chance to work out their frustrations before helping them.
  • Your child a bath, foot rub, massages, or pedicure depending on age when the day feels long.
  • Your child a hug NO MATTER their age.

Encourage Them:

  • To ALWAYS trust GOD
  • To ALWAYS be kind
  • To ALWAYS tell the truth
  • To ALWAYS do their best
  • To ALWAYS dream big
  • To ALWAYS reach for their dreams
  • To ALWAYS follow their heart
  • To ALWAYS wear clean underware
  • TO ALWAYS CALL THEIR MAMA!!!!

I hope all of you have a great summer!!!  I would love to hear your ideas of how you make memories with your children.  Feel free to comment and share!!!!

 

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