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Thinking Thursday: On Every Moment

My oldest is 6. That may seem young, but if you think about it he is one third done with his official childhood and half-way to being a teenager. And as the cliche goes, time has flown.

I’m so glad that one of my big parenting goals from day one has been to make great memories. I’m not talking about exotic vacations, dare devil stunts, or expensive purchases. I just want my children to look back on their childhood and remember more laughing than quiet-time, more sunshine than tv screens, more trying new things than routines and ordinary.

Sometimes I get caught up in the day to day living and by the time bedtime has rolled around I’ll realize nothing really great has happened that day. We didn’t have time for a bike ride. Lunch (and dinner) were less than stellar drive-thru junk, and the “Just go play in your rooms” far outnumbered the “Hey, let’s read some books!”

How many honest-to-goodness memories do I have from my sixth year? A few clear-as-day ones, a couple hazy ones that are probably half truth half imagination. This gives me hope that I haven’t completely screwed this goal up yet.

And bad days like these? I know they’re not a huge deal. But they definitely are a great reminder to readjust my focus for the future.

So, tomorrow? We’re going on a picnic!


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