The days are long but the years are short, as parents it can feel as though our kids grow up in the blink of an eye. One day they’re tiny babies and the next we’re waving them off to college, so it’s important to appreciate them as much as we can when they’re still young to avoid regrets. Here are some of the ways to go about it.
Make the most of holidays and special occasions
There are lots of special occasions throughout the year- Easter, Christmas, Bonfire Night, Halloween etc. When you have little ones you can really have fun with these kids of events, go all out and enjoy the magic of them. Arrange special things to do, create your own traditions, dress up and decorate the house. It’s when you look back over the year that you’ll realise that it’s these kinds of events that really stand out, and these are what your children will remember fondly when they think back to their childhood in years to come.
Go on family vacations
Family vacations are a great way to spend quality time together and make memories. Disney is a common vacation that lots of families aim to do when their kids are little, you can buy your discounted tickets online if you don’t have the biggest budget. Trips to the seaside and camping are ideas if you don’t have much to spend but still want to get away and travel as a family.
Cuddle your children as much as possible, as one day they’ll suddenly be teens and far too cool to cuddle with their parents! When you’re looking after little ones it’s natural to crave peace and quiet, a break away as we all know how needy they are (chances are you can’t even use the toilet in peace!) But actually, these are the times you’ll miss when they get older, right now you’re your kids favourite person to be around and spend time with, so hug them all you can and soak it up while they’re little.
Teach them new skills
One of the most satisfying things about parenting is getting to teach your kids new skills. We’re lucky to live in a part of the world where the education system is excellent and kids leave school knowing so much. But they’re not taught everything, and there are plenty of skills you can elaborate on. From baking to empathy skills, to orienteering to practical skills like building or even housework, knowing that you’re providing them with the information they need to be independent adults one day is a great feeling.
Finally, have as much fun as you can. Be silly, run around and make up games, don’t be afraid of getting dirty or messing up the house. You can get cleaned up after and your kids will appreciate the fun and excitement. Have a water fight in the garden in the summer, make a blanket fort on a rainy day, the options are endless.