If you are friends with us on Facebook you may have seen some of my recent posts about our visitors this week! My brother, his wife and their 3 children have been with my family since last Friday! Yes, your math is correct, that means a total of SEVEN children (ages 3-8, 6 girls and 1 lonely boy) have taken over my home! It’s been the best week of their young lives- mostly because they are too busy making memories to realize that they are actually sleep deprived and functioning in a constant state of sugar overdosed excitement!
Making memories. Isn’t that what childhood is all about? Giggles, funny faces, and talent shows-while wearing pajamas, eating Popsicles and smiling whenever you see a flash! I cannot count the number of times I have uttered these words in the past week: SAY CHEESE!
Here’ s a few:
I can remember sitting on the front porch of my row home in Baltimore city, begging my friends to join me because I was not allowed to leave!
I can remember my mother making spontaneous drives from Baltimore to New York City with my brother, grandmother and I in tow!
I can remember blankets lined up across the dining and living room floors of my grandparent’s home because our cousins from Texas were in town!
…I can also remember being the first to have to go to bed because I was the baby of the bunch…
I can remember my mother gathering neighborhood kids and piling us in her car to go to Monday Night Youth Group! (Seat-belt laws were not nearly as strict as they are now!)
I could go on and on, and believe me, over this week we have!
The funny thing about memories is that whether or not we are intentionally creating them really does not matter. Everyday our children are experiencing moments that will find a corner to reside in their young minds.
When your kids gather around a table with a sibling, spouse or friend, what will they remember?
Here are 3 steps to ensure you are doing your part to create moments that your children will recall for years to come!
- Be Spontaneous!– Children love to be surprised and often by the littlest things. Think of creative ways to surprise your kids!
- Be Present!– Often as parents we are so busy setting up great opportunities for our kids to enjoy that we forget to enjoy it with them! I challenge you to join them!
- Be Happy!-Are you remembering to ‘Say Cheese?”