Life moves so fast when you are a parent. The Season of Parenthood flies by and what seems like “only yesterday,” marks the passing of years. The following is a list of ten things to do with your kids before they are grown and gone.
1. Turn the Ordinary into Extraordinary:
Make your everyday routines together count. Sing some favorite silly songs on the way to daycare, leave little jokes or love notes in their lunch box or make that drive to and from school “chat time” to discuss what's happening in your child's life.
2. Read Together:
Reading doesn't have to be a solitary act and a family who reads together will continue that love of literature all through life. Reading is a great way to learn, grow, bond and to travel to faraway places without leaving the couch!
For kids, playing is such an important part of childhood. It strengthens and refines small and large motor skills, and it builds stamina and strength. All the more reason that adults should join in in the fun as well! Set aside time to color pictures, make finger paintings, build buildings with blocks and built a tent in the middle of the living room for a little indoor camping!
4. Practice Healthy Habits Together:
Healthy habits that last a lifetime start at home. Encourage your kids to join you in healthy eating, cooking and exercise. It’s the perfect way to get in shape and spend time as a family as well.
5. Invest in a Treasured Keepsake:
So often when kids are young, parents fall into the “we can’t afford it trap.” Items like custom jewellery or going to the movies, may not be “needs,” but they certainly are an important part of family history. A custom necklace, bracelet or ring is something can be handed down over generations as a way to keep family pride and love alive.
6. Take Lots and Lots of Photos:
Photos are moments and memories frozen in time that can be used to reminisce, remember and laugh at later in life. Whether you use a 35MM camera or Instagram, capture those precious moments whenever possible.
7. Travel as a Family:
Travel can be a trip across town to the museum, or across the country to foreign land. Take the time to plan a trip as a family, book it early, supply your kids with cameras and keep the fun activities coming. Travel is a great way to explore our world and create family memories.
8. Say “I Love” As Often as You Can:
Just like compliments, saying “I Love You” doesn't hurt or cost money. Say it freely and often!
9. Experience new things:
Nothing brings a family closer than experiencing something new together, the adaptation and excitement is all shared and can create a lasting memory.
10. Share a Hobby:
Whether it’s cooking, rollerblading, crafting or dancing; hobbies shared between parent and child not only makes the whole experience richer, it creates awesome memories that last a lifetime.