You Can Create Memories to Last a Lifetime
Around the globe, families are in the holiday spirit. This is the time of year that we gather with family and friends to spend time together and celebrate the season. Many wait all year for this holiday season to be close to those that we love. The time that is shared together provides opportunities to create memories to last a lifetime. The holiday season also allows us to share and reminisce about memories we have of previous time spent together.
What is the Impact?
As a parent raising children, I would often wonder if I was guiding my children in the best way possible. Like many parents, I wanted our family time to be fun and something they would remember. I wanted new experiences that would enhance their learning and develop them into responsible adults.
This past Thanksgiving holiday provided my husband and I an opportunity to take a road trip with our son to the family celebration. The destination was 6 hours away and the Thanksgiving traffic was very slow. We had many opportunities for conversation along the way.
My son remembered our trip to Niagra Falls and New York City. What prompted his memory was the traffic. New York traffic was very crowded and it took us some time to navigate the streets to our hotel. He remembers the tall buildings and the subway and taxi rides in Manhattan. He also recalled the ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty. At the time of our trip, he was in elementary school and is now in his mid-twenties. The experiences have stayed with him through the years. He often recalls moments from trips and vacations he has taken when encountering a similar situation. Upon meeting up with our daughter at our Thanksgiving destination, Edward shared his memories with her. Elizabeth immediately shared here memory from that trip which was the boat ride to the base of Niagra falls.
As a parent, the reward is the validation that all the planning and preparation was worth the effort. Our children had a great time while we were traveling to and from the vacation. They created memories to last a lifetime. Years later we continue to reap the benefits as the children recall moments and memories from trips that we have taken. They experienced new situations and learned many things while having fun.
The biggest reward is the relationship that we as a family formed and enhanced on our many adventures over the years. Sometimes the trips were simple and sometimes they required much planning and strategical maneuvers to make them work. The joy that I feel as a parent is more validation
The joy that I feel as a parent is more validation than I ever expected for doing what I thought a good parent should do.
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