This is a partnered post.
As you get older and you think back to your childhood, there are very specific memories that will stand out. The times when you were on a road trip that seemed to go on forever, and you watched the sunset from the comfort of the car. Building forts in the garden and getting fresh lemonade. Or knowing your parents didn’t have a lot of money, but you still got a hot chocolate and a movie night. They matter, and they will be with you for life. The great thing about being a parent is you get to build those memories all over again.
When you were younger, every photo would need to be developed, and somewhere along the way, we have lost that. Our photo albums seem to be totally digital. Which is great for always being able to take photos and share them, but if something happens to your phone – then what do you have? Spend some time creating photos albums, and you can even get the kids involved. Another thing that is huge is that often, there is one main picture taker – who rarely appears in the photos. So booking a photography session, everyone can be in, like those from Michael Kormos Photographer, is going to ensure you have pictures of your whole family.
Sometimes between work, school runs, extracurricular activities, and general household things, there can be barely any time left in the evenings. So maybe it is time to make a formal ‘date’ every week. Make a block of time that is just dedicated to your family. Let the children choose the movie, even if you have seen it 100 times before. Make a simple snack like popcorn and some hot chocolate and snuggle under blankets. This is a lot about spending time together doing something simple and cozy.
There are probably memories you have of a certain meal that your parents or carers made for you, and it just made you happy all the way to your soul. And even now the dish makes you happy. OR it might be the other way you can laugh at how terrible their cooking was. Food has a big place in family traditions and stories. If you don’t already have a family dish that your kids always ask for, it’s time to find one. You can sit and go through Pinterest or other recipe websites and see what looks great to you and the children. Get them involved in helping to make it, and teach them a bit about cooking if they are the right age. Before you know it, you will have a family tradition meal that you all can cook. Or maybe you’re a terrible cook, and having a take-out treat once a month is a tradition!
Creating family memories can be a lot of fun, but if it feels forced or the kids don’t all want to join in, just make sure they know that they can at any point and keep working at creating memories for you all to enjoy.