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Childhood is a fascinating thing. Children have this magical ability to brighten our day, see the good in the world, and believe that anything is possible. Childhood is a celebration of curiosity. It is magical and full of wonder! According to many child development experts, childhood must be a time of enjoyment, exploration, and play. Children have only one childhood. Yes, we all know that kids grow up in the blink of an eye! And then the magic is gone!
Early childhood years offer us many opportunities to make memories! Children find pleasure in the simplest of things. They soak in, delight and discover the world around them. As parents, we must celebrate the everyday moments. Climbing over monkey bars, building with blocks, watching birds fly, solving puzzles, watching the sunset, helping a friend in need – All these are things that need to be relished every day.
A happy childhood is your foundation for life. It nurtures confidence, talent, and creativity, helping kids excel in their adult life. When you create happy memories for children, they will internalize that and grow up to be healthy young adults who are able to deal with life’s curveballs. To be rock solid, one must have a sense of self-worth, and that will come from the reassurance given to the children by parents. Here are some things you can do to create fond memories with your children.
15 ways to make happy childhood memories for your children
Simplify your life and routine
Focus on real things; relationships, adventures and create long-lasting memories. Try not to get busy with things that do not matter – eg: cleaning the house, when you could be playing with them instead.
Spend quality time with your children
Spending quality time with your children creates a stronger bond between you and your children and will help you to get to know each other better. Plan one activity each weekend for a few hours that the entire family will enjoy. Shared family experiences are far more likely to invoke lasting memories as they provide quality bonding time without excessive structure. Be there and make time. Put your gadgets away and see the world through their eyes. Focus on the engagement with your child rather than the activity.
Limit digital time
Choose time spent on gadgets carefully on what you watch or do. Try and do things together as a family instead. Watch a movie or play the game together, instead of each member spending time alone with the gadget.
Limit Structured Activities
Do not involve children in too many activities that leave little time for their unstructured play. Wherever possible, engage in an activity with your child that you enjoyed when you were their age or those that they like. It will make the experience more meaningful as children strive to emulate their parents. Think less about whether an activity is suitable for all the family or if everyone in the family will be good at it. Encourage children to enjoy family time together. Support one another – this is where memories will be made.
Find out more about your child’s interests
Find common interests and passions with your child and do these fun things together, be it crating, collecting or playing! Help your child to learn how to really, really want something. Talk to them, show interest in what they want – the characters involved or skills they will need to hone.
Entertain with stories
Read books, stories, and poems together. Help them build their imagination by reading fairy tales, folk tales, picture books and more. Narrate stories and poems and sing songs at every opportunity you can. Play make-believe. Let them dress up and relive the adventures of their heroes! Dress up with them too!
Revel in nature
Talk your children on long walks, with no learning goal in mind. Stop frequently to smell the flowers and marvel at the natural world around us. Play games on the way that encourage children to observe nature with all their senses. Look up at the clouds and find patterns in them or gaze into the night sky and play dot to dot with the stars.
Dabble in Art
Enjoy looking at the pictures in books and play “Spot it” or talk about the art. Let children engage in art and craft of their own choice. Enjoy the masterpieces they come up with their creative abilities.
Take your children to play outdoors. Climb bars and play on the swing and see-saw! Jump in puddles and play with mud. Encourage play with open-ended toys like blocks and everyday things like utenstils, boxes, clocks etc. Enjoy pillow fights and built blanket forts with your children.
Talk as a family
Don’t forget to talk about and share experiences as they happen and most importantly, after the event. Children often take time to process events, and might not form meaningful connections immediately. Talk to children, show interest in what they want – the characters involved or skills they will need to hone.
Celebrate as a family
Celebrate the big and the small together as a family. Start a family tradition. It can be tough to celebrate something small when larger things still need work but use the chance to bring positive energy into your family and help create a meaningful memory for the whole family.
Create immersive experiences
Take children on travels and expose them to different places, people and cultures. Experiences allow children to realize who they are, what surrounds them and what their role as a human being is. They also get them to think and question. They allow them to see beyond what they read, hear and see. In turn, these experiences create memories that educate them.
Inculcate in your children the habit of journaling and scrapbooking. Prod them to save photos or objects that are special. Ask them why that is; get them to articulate their thoughts and commit them to memory. These can be compiled into a scrapbook after they have been on the line for some time. Documenting experiences reinforces memories and can be a great way to relive them in the future.
Shower them with affection
Make children feel loved and wanted. They should grow up in an environment of affection and care! Make them feel safe and secure. A child should be conscious of there being at least one person of importance who, unconditionally loves them. It is this which makes a person value themselves and love themselves and makes them capable of valuing and loving other people. This is a vital source of happiness.
Surprise them often
Get out of your routine once in a while. Surprise your kids with unexpected pick-up from school and going on a trip (even a small one) or by telling them they can eat all the ice cream they want! All these help create unforgettable memories for children.
Children have only one childhood
Even though we need to teach our children reading, writing, and arithmetic skills, it is even more important to cultivate wonder, imagination, and a love for the good, true, and beautiful in our children. We need to always remember that kids need to be kids and we must celebrate the simple, joyful moments of being young. We must enjoy it, soak it up, let kids be little and indulge in their littleness. Let them be free, let them explore, get messy and be wild. Let children climb and jump and discover! Let’s not race children through this stage of life!! As parents, we must protect them from harm, but must also give them freedom. Let them be little, they only get to do it once. Use the opportunity to revel in a sense of wonder with your children. Marvel at the beauty of our world through the eyes of your children!
Children’s Day Celebrates the Importance of a Happy Childhood. How are you planning to celebrate Children’s Day with your kids? Comment below and let us know!