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We all have memories of our childhood that are cherished in our hearts forever. It's not the things that cost the most money, it's the time spent with the ones we love the most that we'll always remember. Young parents of today should always try to spend quality time with their children. It's not what you buy them, but the memories you make together, that they'll look back on when they're grown. The simple pleasures that cost nothing, yet are priceless.
By Vickie from Earle, AR
Whenever our family takes a trip, I make it a point to make a scent theme. For example when we traveled to Las Vegas, I had a coconut theme going with coconut shampoo, lotions, soaps, etc. I knew we would be wearing sunscreen and tanning oils which already have a coconut smell to them, so I just embellished that. Now whenever we smell coconut scents, we are immediately taken back to poolside at the Monte Carlo. Past scents have included pine, cedar, and other essential oils for trips to the forest and earthy scents for our desert trips.
You can also use a scent theme for the holidays. During Christmas time there is an essential oil available called "Scent of Christmas" I find it at Bristol Farms every year. I can't imagine a Christmas without it. Just one whiff from the bottle and voila, it's Christmas. You can use a few drops around the house, no burner needed.
By Ivy from Rancho Palos Verdes
Isn't it amazing that God gives us a second chance to make up for the little things we missed out on, or took for granted when we were raising our children? And He does it through this wonderful miracle of life we call Grandchildren!
For two years now I have had the privilege of making memories with a dear little granddaughter, Karleigh Brooke. Her older brother Christian was two years old when he and his Mommy came into our family. I vowed back then to try to never be the grouchy Grandmother I remembered, growing up. And now I've been blessed with another, now seven months old, Dylan Chase.
I rocked all three babies to sleep singing "Bye-O-Baby" to the tune of "Precious Name", an old church hymn. Got lots of smiles from Karleigh when I sang "K-A-RLE-IGH spells Karleigh" to the tune of "Harrigan", an old Irish song my Dad used to sing. And when we swing outside, I sing "Oh how I love to go up in the swing", a song I learned years ago. Do you think I'm one crazy grandma? I'm making memories! Karleigh at 2 years old knows all the words and sings herself and her baby dolls the "sleepy time" song and that's a part of the daily ritual at naptime. Dylan loves it also and closes those big eyes when I hold him close, rock and sing.
Guess there's really something to that poem that says "I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep." Moms - it's a win-win situation. I'm not only teaching the love of music (though goodness knows I'm no Dolly Parton!) I am making good memories and maybe they'll pass them on to their little ones when I'm gone.
Before I close I'd like to share a few thoughts I call "Reflections From The Heart Of A Grandmother":
If tomorrow never comes, I feel that I am one happy and extremely blessed Mamaw.
By Sharon Shearer from Ravenna, KY
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My daughter will be starting kindergarten this year, and my due date is around the same time. It has occurred to me that in the next few months nothing will be the same for the two of us. I stay at home and we do everything together, but I'm afraid with a new baby and new friends at school things will change. I'm sure that our relationship will adapt, but I want to use the next couple of months to really create some special memories. Does anyone have any ideas?
By princess_kiki_84 from TX
Maybe the two of you could take a little trip, just a girl thing and take lots of pictures. Maybe you could have a beauty shop day where you both get haircuts and maybe manicures. You could make a book together of your summer. Let Dad have a part and put your pictures and her drawings and words in your book.
My daughter has a way she stays connected with my granddaughter. They paint their toe nails the same color and add little stars and such she gets from the dollar tree. They spend quite a bit of time planning and doing this together. The teachers have told my daughter that she has taken her shoe off and looked at her toes and told her that her mommy has toes just like hers. We don't know if she does this on visitation daddy won't allow anything from moms house to come to his :) what he does not know does not hurt him-granddaughter obviously has not told him :) She really loves the new pen polish because even the 5 year is able to use and do moms
My son was 6 when my daughter was born. When I was pregnant, I would take him out to Burger King for breakfast and bring the game UNO. We always did a lot together like Chuck E. Cheese and movies but who plays Uno at Burger King? It was our thing. We would also have movie night for the whole month. 4 nights a week. We'd rent movies or see what is playing on TV, get in my bed with a great treat and do our thing.
One thing I did when my 2nd child was born. Everyday, when the baby slept, I set a timer for 30 minutes and gave my older son my undivided attention. He got to choose what we did and we called it "Mommy/Danny time." Danny is now 15, my middle son is 12 and my little guy is 4. They ALL still get their special "mommy/child time" (not as regularly, of course). It was the start of a great tradition that still goes on.
Buy her a new stuffed animal of the same species each year, have a table cloth she uses each year and have her current invited friends sign it and leave a quick, cute message :) Save her every last drawing, frame pictures of her and her current room, blab blab blab, considering she wont remember it years later and neither will you without being reminded :P Write a little book about the cute things she does, and the not so cute. Her next haircut, keep a large snip of the hair, put the hair in little baggies with the date labeled, do this yearly, as well :D Keep a sample of the family pets, an d yours, too. Hope this helps! God bless, and don't take her for granted! she will only be a kindergartner for one single quick year!