July 20, 2010

Making Moments Matter

READY8 “You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

AIM8 Summertime is full of fun and frolic for most families. Vacations, relaxed routines and no homework assignments allow for opportunities to create lasting memories. How many times have you caught yourself saying how quickly the summer seemed to disappear? All too soon, you’re buying school supplies, new clothes and backpacks, and wishing you would have made more of an effort to enjoy the free time you had with your children. Good News! You can forget about all the ‘woulda, coulda, shouldas’ and begin today to capture those magic moments before your summer slips away.

Need some ideas to spark your creative brain? Here are a few suggestions to get you started so you can make those precious summer moments matter:

1.) Play with squirt guns, water balloons and run through the sprinkler together.
2.) See who can catch the most lightening bugs at dusk.
3.) Lie in the grass and look for shapes in the clouds.
4.) Look for star constellations such as the Big Dipper and watch for shooting stars.
5.) Make the most of a rainy day and have an indoor pizza picnic on the living room floor.
6.) Build blanket tents and make indoor s’mores snack mix. (Graham sticks, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.)

Whatever you decide to do to make your moments matter, remember, the simplest things make a difference in the lives of your children.

FIRE!8 Let down your guard and be a kid again! Your children will giggle and laugh…and so will you! Enjoy the glorious memories you will make together.

Be Excellent!

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