Everyone knows that the summer months are a great time to make memories. However, not everyone realizes just how simple those memories can be. The thing is, as parents we are only given so many moments to make memories with our kids and those summer days go by so quickly. How I wish I could turn back the clock to when my children were young. As adults we know that life doesn’t come to a hault during the summer the same way that it does for children. We still have jobs to work and bills to pay. Yet children have such high expectations for their summers and as parents we don’t desire to let them down. We simply want them to hold onto their childhood for as long as possible.
With my own son out of school for the summer I began to wonder about what exactly it is that makes a child’s summer magical. We would love to think that it’s the big moments and outings, like our recent trip to Walt Disney World® that creates lifetime memories but that’s not always the case. Sure those memories may linger but it’s the little things that tend to shape the way we feel about life. The good news is that means that even busy parents with full time jobs can still make magical moments happen right from their homes.
20 Memories To Make With The Kids This Summer
- Make Smores
- Catch Lightning Bugs
- Create Homemade Pizzas Together
- Make Slime
- Have A Water Balloon Fight
- Have a Water Gun Fight
- Go Frog Catching
- Play In The Sprinkler System
- Freeze Your Own Popsicles
- Give Them A Giant Bubble Bath
- Go Fishing
- Sit And Watch The Clouds Go By
- Play Outside Until The Sun Goes Down
- Go On An Ice Cream Date
- Visit Some Place Local
- Plan A Picnic At The Park
- Blow Bubbles
- Play With Side Walk Chalk
- Visit The Grandparents
- Ride Bikes
Why The Little Things Make Big Memories
In many ways a great summer for a child is simply allowing them to be a child. The way that childhood was meant to be, unplugged and hands on. Kids may not want to initally seperate from the air condition and gaming systems. I don’t blame them, I like it where it’s comfortable too. Yet, our memories are made when we step outside of those comfort zones. How many amazing memories do you have as a child of watching television? I have a few, most of them are at my grandparents house. However, chances are that your favorite memories are the times that you climbed up the mountain, jumped off of the waterfall or even touched the snake. YIKES!
If you want your child to create amazing memories this summer then let them take a few risks – within reason. Step back just a bit to let them learn and grow. Be there for the moments of stirring cookie dough. Be there for the moments of tossing a baseball but let them be free. Rather, just let them think that they are free this summer. It’ll be the best summer they’ve ever had and ultimately they will appreciate you for that.
As far as making memories with you, my advice would be for you too to unplug. Put the phone down because the picture is not as important as the smile and the laughter.