Creating Family Memories
Creating Family Memories
There is always a feeling of nostalgia when I see a photo when I was small. I remember the fond memories made with my parents and sisters. We didn’t have much growing up, but my parents fill our home with happy memories. I had a happy childhood. Now that I am a mama, I want to create similar memories with my little family. She is little for such a short time that I want to embrace every moment that I can to create a happy memory in her childhood. As a military family, I cherish these moments together because I know that there will be times where we will be separated for long periods of time.
Creating happy memories for your little ones will have positive lasting effects when they are older. These positive experiences will help them counter unhappy or challenging times in their lives by using them as a coping mechanism to remain positive. Children grow up happier, healthier, and have a more optimistic outlook in life.
This past weekend was one of those spontaneous family outings. My daughter and I were picking up my husband from the airport and decided to stay in Los Angeles to enjoy the rest of the day. It was one of the hottest summers this year but we decided to go on a little adventure with our Penelope to Griffith Park. We had taken our daughter to Griffith Park when she was a few months but it was a new experience now that she is two years old. She was in her element, exploring, learning, and socializing with other children. These are the moments when my husband and I look at each other in amazement that we have a daughter. Our goal is to create a happy life for her and our future children.
Here are some ways that can help make happy memories for your own children.
- Go on family adventures. I am a traveler at heart. Any time we can explore a new place, I take advantage of it. I like introducing my daughter to new experiences, activities, and places she can explore. Griffith Park was one of these mini family adventures that helped create happy memories for our daughter. She loves running around and exploring. Best of all, she was learning about the galaxy, moon, and planets at the same time.
- Celebrate the little moments. I am all about celebrating even the littlest moment. We celebrated when my daughter turned 6 months as her half birthday, when she had her first solid food, when she graduated from our mommy and me class, and when she had her first recital. I want to capture every little moment and make them memorable. I go above and beyond to celebrate these special moments in her childhood.
- Make time to play with your children. Our daily mundane tasks can be exhausting but finding the time to play with your children are important. If I am busy doing household chores, my husband will take care of our daughter and they have the silliest time together. I can hear them laughing and playing around. My bonding time with my daughter is our reading time together. Sometimes, we stay past our bed time but she always looks forward and makes sure that I don’t miss them. This time also helps my daughter build a strong relationship with the both of us on a one-on-one basis.
- Start family traditions. After getting married, I started creating family memories that we continue to this day with our daughter. These are especially important for me during holidays. I am always finding creative and fun ways to surprise my daughter and make these traditions special and unique for her. We wear matching pajamas for Christmas morning, cut our own Christmas tree, and always take photos for to remember important celebrations and milestones.
- Family Date Nights. As soon as my daughter was old enough for us to be able to eat at a restaurant, go to museums, or just go watch a movie, we instituted family date nights. These are fun days where we can just relax and be together as a family. We try to make these days fun and stress free without having to keep up with a schedule. These days create the most fun memories for us.
What ways do you create happy memories for your children?