Make Memories this Summer . . .
Do you have summer memories from your childhood that you will remember forever?...These are much more important than you may think.
The reason those memories are burned into your mind and heart is because they are experienced at a high emotional level. These deep emotional connections are so important for the development of a child. To better understand and appreciate what a deep emotional connection and experience is just think of anything that makes you ball yours eyes out crying, or makes you roll on the ground in a big belly laugh you cannot stop. You want your child's life to be rich and full of these.
Many believe that in today's fast paced and technologically driven world, kids today are missing out on this. Too much "screen time". These screens cannot give children the rich emotional experiences they need. But more alarming is they cannot give them the personal one-one "human" connection with others. They say that the real reason being with other is a human need is because sharing events with other is the "ultimate magnifier of the human experience". To illustrate this just imagine going on a huge rollercoaster by yourself. Now take that same rollercoaster ride and put your 12 of your best and craziest friends with you all screaming their heads off!
So what can you do?
Here are a few suggestions:
Limit Screen Time:
Make it intentional and controlled. Enough said!
Quality over Quantity:
Intentionally spend time with your kids and… BE FULLY PRESENT IN EVERY MOMENT. Everyone put away the smartphone and laptop. But here is the good news. You do not need to spend a ton of time with them, just make your primary objective to spend quality time with them. Get creative and do new things. Go to places you have never gone before. You should go to one place as a family or personally you have never been to every year. Meet new people. Get a little crazy. Have your kids involved in researching and finding things to do. Make it a family decision.
Make Memories and Magic Moments:
Make life long memories! Here’s the best part….it does not have to be elaborate or expensive. It can be as simple as catching fireflies in a field or sitting down and playing board games. A camping or fishing trip always make memories. Traveling is another great one and you do not have to travel far. Maybe research Ontario or Quebec and find things you never thought of doing in our own backyard. In our family traveling has always been at the top of our list. Family vacations are full of happy adventures, and misadventures.... Some seem big at the time but when looking back can be the best memories of all.
Make a New Family Tradition: Remember the word "culture". This is your family identity, who you are as a family. A fun thing to do is make some new family summer traditions. A common one is an annual camping trip or family reunion. Or a place you visit every summer. But anything you do on a regular basis will work.
I reward my son with our annual Father Son fishing trip. Every year he gets the opportunity to join me for a week away together fishing (we love fishing and the wilderness) in a remote camp in Northern Ontario or Quebec if, of course, his progress in school and his character merit it. CHARACTER MATTERS!! So far he is 7-0!!!!
So, get your kids involved and make some life long memories this summer!
Summer is short . . . their childhood is even shorter!
Have an amazing week!
Keiko Karate – “Actually we do make Ninjas and Superheroes here……………we turn kids into Ninjas and we turn their parents into their superheroes!”