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Blog: It Takes Time to Create Lasting Memories

By Dr. Laura on May 13, 2024
Blog: It Takes Time to Create Lasting Memories

What memories will your children have of you after they've grown up and moved out? I hope not ones of you hunched over a cell phone playing silly games or too busy with work to pay attention to them. How you raise your kids affects their well-being and how they will raise their children. Parenting them well starts with treating your spouse lovingly. One of the most important things parents can do for their kids is build a strong foundation of marriage because that provides a big safety net for kids. In addition to giving them a loving, secure home, I offer these other sweet ways of letting your kids know that they are of utmost importance to you...


Love Notes

Put a little note in their backpacks or lunch boxes every night. Sure it's extra work, but what it tells your kids is that they're always on your radar even when you're not together. It doesn't matter what the note says – it could be a silly joke or even a picture. It will mean a lot for them to know that they're on your mind. 


Bedtime Routines

What's the memory in telling your kids each night, β€œGo up, brush your teeth and get in bed?” Bedtime is the one part of their day where there's nothing else going on, so use it for quality time with your child. My son liked me to create stories. So, I made up many, many stories about the β€œChubbala Bubbala” family. I had to really strain sometimes to come up with ideas, but what sweet memories. It's important to have an intentional bedtime routine. Brush teeth, get into jammies, get into bed and then read a book or make up a story together. 



No matter what is going on, there has to be a window of time in your day to sit down together and talk, laugh and share a meal. The time you take to connect as a family is sacred, special and meaningful. And, as I've discussed on my radio program many times, children of families who regularly eat dinner together do better in school and are less likely to have drug, alcohol and behavior problems. 


When you invest your time in your children, you're influencing the future generations of your family as well. So, put in the effort to create a home that is loving with memories that will stay with them forever. Give your children positive family experiences that they'll remember with a smile. 



How have you created meaningful time spent together as a family? Share your stories with me here!



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