Creating Lasting Childhood Memories

I love the memories we make with our children. I was just thinking the other day about all of the sweet memories my parents and family helped me create as a child.  What do you recall from yours?  I know we all have some memories of our childhood we would prefer to forget.  Sometimes life dealt us less than desirable circumstance, and other times we simply made bad choices which necessitated consequences we might not have desired. But I’m not talking about those memories, I am talking about the good ones, the memories we recall with a sweet fondness. I remember my brother and I swinging as high as we could while singing “leaving on a jet plane” as if we thought we could swing high enough to fly.  It was great fun.  And the tire swing, I will forever remember the truck tire hung on the mulberry tree with a green horse rope.  Truck tires make even better tire swings than regular tires, you can fit two people on these because they are so big.  My family has always had plenty of trucks, so I’m sure truck tires were easily available for use.  I think my dad and my Uncle hung that tire for us at my Grandparents’ home, but I am also pretty sure my brother climbed that big old tree to hang the rope–oh the memories.  My family has been gone from that area for nearly 20 years and I know that tire is no longer there, but I feel like it is.  The memories, oh the memories of all those days on that swing with the cousins.  That was the best tire swing ever!  And lightening bugs, do you happen to remember catching lightening bugs?  An adult, usually mom or grandma, would get us a jar and poke holes in the lid for our mission.  Then, just as the sun would begin to go down, we would see lightening bugs and capture them for our jar.  I have no idea why we did that because we would have to release them or they would die, but it was fun.  And youth activities in the community, there are so many things kids can do these days.  I did girl scouts, and I remain thankful that my mom signed me up for those activities.  I am today still in contact with my leader when I was a child.  There were so many good memories, frequently made with little money and a lot of love.

Slow Down Life, Take a Moment for the Creation of Memories

Sometimes our current society gets a little too busy. Technology has advanced so many things, but has it also trapped us? Do we remember how to provide childhood memories like the tire swing and lighting bugs? When was the last time you did something so simple, yet profound? We have to spend time investing in our children, but we also have to spend time creating memories for them. There are so many things we can do with our kids that are not costly. Sure there are hobbies and trips and so many great things, but there are also inexpensive daily activities. Have you ever tried a camping excursion in the living room? Do you know how cool it is to build a tent over the couch with blankets and chairs? I am here to tell you this is a great activity. How about blowing dandelions in the yard? I know they are weeds, but this is fun. Do you have a pet? Walking the dog is always fun,. And even more fun after the dog is leash trained. Do you know that you can google recipes for homemade play dough and salt dough? How about baking cookies, even if it is just a box of cookie mix, still simply making memories. There really are so many things we can do. What is important is that you are intentional about doing things to create memories for your children. Those childhood memories are such a gift later. Trust me, I am sitting here enjoying walking through the years with you. Take a moment and become intentional about creating a lifetime of memories. Have fun! Thank you for spending your time with me. Be blessed my friends!

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

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