For those of us who have older children, we know that high school arrives quicker than we would like it to. All of those years playing with our children as they grow up go by way too fast, and they seem to go by in the blink of an eye. High school may not seem like it was that long ago for you, and it will be here quicker than you think for your children. This is why it is so important to cherish every moment that you can in the years before high school. If you’re a new parent, wondering how best to do this, we have some suggestions.
1. Take Trips – The first thing I can suggest is to take as many trips as you can. Go to a zoo, or a bowling alley, or the beach. It doesn’t matter where you go, just find a place where you can spend time with your kids. When you look back on it, you won’t remember too many of those days that you spent watching TV with your kid, but you will remember all of those trips that you took. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and you certainly don’t have to go every weekend, but the more effort you put into doing these kinds of things, the happier you’ll be when they grow older.
2. Photograph It – When you’re doing all of these fun things together, be sure to take pictures. And not only then, but during any special occasion. 4th of July BBQs, birthdays, holidays, or anything else. The more pictures you have, the sharper your memories will be when you look back on them. One word of caution, however – don’t be distracted by taking pictures. It is more important to enjoy the moments with your children instead of being preoccupied with your camera. A few quick pictures at each event will do, then put it away. Enjoy the moments, because they’ll be gone before you know it.
3. Create Mementos – Another fun thing you can do is create little mementos for special events. Maybe create a photo album for all of their birthday party pictures, or use http://www.ShirtsandSweatshirts.com to make custom made graduation shirts to celebrate leaving middle school. Little things that when you go back and look at them, you’ll be able to re-live those days. Like buying a souvenir at a theme park shop, creating a little memento gives you something to take away from the memory – something that you can keep forever.
4. Spend Time Together – Lastly, just spend time with your kids. This may seem like a given, but we can’t stress it enough. Take a hold of every opportunity your kids provide you with to hang out. As they grow older, especially in high school, it won’t be “cool” for them to spend time with their parents. Get your fill in now while they are young, no matter how busy of a day at work you had. When they grow up, you’ll want to look back knowing you spent as much time with them as you could. Even if you do this, it won’t be enough, but you’ll be happy you did it anyway.
Hopefully, these few quick tips were able to help you think of ways to cherish those years before your kid goes to high school. As we said, these younger years go by so quick, and if you don’t stop to appreciate them as often as you can, before you know it your kids will be having kids of their own! So enjoy it now while you still can.
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