It’s the little things that often make the biggest impact in a child’s life.
I have some very vivid memories of growing up with a dad who was determined to provide everything he never received as a child. Unfortunately, this left little time for the children. I longed to be with my dad, so whenever he was around I was there by his side. Most Sunday mornings, my dad would get up and watch Western TV shows. His favorites were John Wayne and Roy Rogers. I wasn’t a fan of those types of shows, but since I was a huge fan of my dad I sat down and watched every episode with him. I can remember hearing my dad laugh as he watched Roy and Trigger take on the bad guys. I would glance over and see him so relaxed in his recliner, sipping his black coffee. Every time he laughed, I laughed. To this day, I have such fond memories of Roy, Dale and Trigger. Sundays around the TV continued as football often followed the western shows. I stayed there, too. Again, for me it was about being near my father. However, the mood often changed once the football started. The laughter would turn into yelling at the TV as the Saints would fumble or miss a tackle. I learned a lot about football during those years and to this day, I enjoy a football game more than most men. However, it was bigger than westerns and football for me. Sunday was the day that I had my dad… at home, with me. I treasured Sundays. Not once do I remember my dad telling me to go in another room or do something else so he could watch his show in peace. He would let me sit beside him, curl up in his lap, or fall asleep on the sofa. Those small moments every Sunday represent family, love and security to me.
How are you making the most of the everyday moments with your child? As I travel around the country, I often ask men and women to share their favorite childhood memories. RARELY does someone share about the grand vacation they went on as a child or the big, expensive gift that their parents bought them. Most often, people share about the stories told on car rides, their dad letting them taste the first bite of steak off the grill, or singing the same songs around the campfire every fall. You see, it only takes a moment to make a memory worth a lifetime.
Try including these memory makers into your family life:
- Share a childhood story.
- Create simple traditions together.
- Listen to your children.
- Turn off your phone.
- PLAY and explore nature together.
One of my favorite quotes of all times is, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr.Seuss
Make it count,