Create memories with your children. Invest in your children’s memory bank especially during their formative years and their adolescence. This investment will have a huge impact to them that would last for their lifetime. The time and the experiences you share with your children will significantly boost their emotional, social, physical, mental and spiritual development.
Every year, either on Christmas day or on New Year’s eve, my family and I would join the gathering of our extended family comprising of more than 30 family members. Our group is multi-generational, meaning there are babies, children, young adults and elders. It is our family tradition to talk about our memories, experiences and lessons learned for the year that is about to end.
Everyone is given a turn to say something. Everyone listens attentively. One thing always stands out every time we have this family sharing: everyone talks about having fun during family outings, parties, gatherings, picnics, holidays and campings that we had during that year. Everyone describes their recollections of past events vividly as if they happened only yesterday.
I have not heard anyone say they bought a car, new game console, limited edition shoes, top of the range appliances, latest trendy outfits or any other stuff. Everyone talks about their memories, the blessings that they received that year and the expectations they have for the new year.
Take time to invest in your children’s memory banks. Sure, we need all the stuff too, but don’t forget that there are many aspects to your children’s development. Spend your time and resources for them. Children grow up fast. It will feel like a snap of your fingers and they will grow up and will have a life of their own. All you have left with are memories. And all they have of you when you are gone will be memories.
Some of my friends laugh when I say that my sons are my investments. They are. They really are. Who doesn’t like financial investments? But if I cannot afford investments on both wealth and children’s memories, I would choose memories over wealth. My husband and I decided to give the best that we can for them.
One of the actvities my sons enjoyed was camping. When they were young, we went camping with our extended family twice a year for many years. We only stopped going camping because of the current situation and because of conflicting work and study schedules. However, plans for the next camping are undergoing and will be carried out once everything normalizes again.
How about you? What is your family’s bonding activities? I am sure you are doing your best to invest in your children’s memory banks too. The activities do not have to be expensive. What matters is the time being together. I want to encourage you to keep going with your family activities. Enjoy each other’s company!
Here are some photos taken during one of our camping trips. It was fun according to everyone in the group consisting of nearly 50 people: family and friends.