Monday Memories: Building Childhood Memories

As I went to write my post for Monday Memories, I drew a blank. I couldn't think up anything to write about that sounded entertaining. So, I Googled "memories" which led me to a post about childhood memories. That's when I started thinking about what kind of memories do I want for my children. Parents can help provide good memories for their kids. So, after thinking, these are some of the good memories my kids will have and some of the memories I want them to have.
  • listening to Dad's stories about when he was a naughty boy
  • watching Little House on the Prairie DVDs over and over
  • playing lots of card games
  • family road trips
  • having "snack food" dinners
  • doing our family Christmas traditions
  • trying to raise chickens
  • going to the County Fair during the summer
  • doing evangelism and ministry projects as a family
  • watching their parents get more involved in church
  • trying to live a more simplified life - in the country, on a lake, chopping wood, playing in the trees
  • Mom reading chapter books aloud to the kids
  • going on a summer mission trip as a teen (this one is still to come)
Do you have any neat "building memories" ideas that you want to share?


Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Hi Shari, thanks for stopping by my site, Adventurous Living! What a great blog you have here. I look forward to getting to know you more.

I love your list! My kids love to hear stories about when Mom or Dad were little too. And books? It's a memory my family made with me and I enjoy reading to my children.

I like that you included evangelism and ministry projects. Our lives are truly a powerful life learning example for our kids. Great post!

Now about those chickens... please, do tell :)

Barbara said...

Oh I love your post, Shari! I think it is so important to intensionally build lasting memories and leaving impressions in you children's lives.

Monday Memories are up at my Blog! Would love for you to come over and sign the Mr. Linky! Thanks

Christina. B said...

Those will be some great memories!
I have quite a similar list as yours.

Joyce said...

How about....."camp outs in the front room"...."game night" of course...the missions trips are great. We took our older boys on several hasn't worked out for our two younger children. Not quite sure as to why really, but the oppertunities have been different in this season of our lives.
I would LOVE to be living in the country right now. We are currently in a harried city. But have done small town and big town in the past. I would like the calmer life soon...ha!
Be blessed.

AnneDroid said...

Stumbled across your blog - I like it. I have four kids and really hope they have lots of good memories one day of their childhood. I work in prisons where many of our inmates had rotten childhoods and are very damaged.

I think you're right to raise this subject as we can be so busy as parents we don't always stop to look into the future and ponder what their memories might be.

I always try to "pick my battles" and only make a fuss about a few things, because although I want to teach the kids right from wrong I don't want them to remember me as an old grumpy-pants!


hszoo said...

I love it when my now-grown kids say, "Remember when we..." Those memories are so precious.