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Some of the best childhood memories come about from the simplest experiences. Making memories doesn’t need to include a big family trip, that expensive camp, or that huge new gift. It’s the connection that these experiences bring about that stick in your child’s mind.
Post-preschool snack time is my golden hour to create such memories for M, and I’d love to share with you how this came to be. We sit down with some Teddy Soft Bakes – a yummy prepackaged treat. I can take it to pickup, so that we can sit on our front stoop with it, instead of heading straight indoors.
I’d love to share with you how our daily snack date came to be:
A few years ago, I felt like my family was disconnected. With M around, we had to transition from a young married couple into parents.
The whole “baby” angle of it kind of threw us off.
While we knew the importance of dates for married couples, I felt like we needed something we can follow through on more often – so I proposed a family walk. Almost every day (or whenever we could) we’d walk around the corner to the bay, see the fish swimming in the water, wade in the high tide, and just connect.
Since then, we ran out of time.
My husband began to work later hours.
My work sucked me in more.
And I learned that we often need to incorporate these experiences into the things we do every day.
- We can create memories by cooking dinner together.
- We can make tasting a new after-school snack an experience.
- We can convert getting dressed and going to sleep into the things that our child will most remember.
All it takes is a little bit of intention, and a simple strategy.
Teddy Soft Bakes are a special treat for M. The chocolate or vanilla filling make them fun, and the teddy shape ignite his imagination. Together with a few simple guidelines, we have transformed snack time into a time to connect.
8 ways to turn everyday moments into childhood experiences:
1. Connect. Make it personal. Do it together. That means…
2. Unplug. Leave the phones out of it. Be 100% present.
3. Let your child make decisions. Sometimes children can feel left out with the grown-ups running the show. Let them choose the snack, create the menu, or choose YOUR outfit for the day.
4. Be creative. Being creative together forges connections, as you solve problems and make things work.
5. Try something new. Kids remember the first time they tried a new snack, and the excitement takes time to wear off! M was delighted to discover Teddy Soft Bakes and loves the fun shape, that inspired imagination. It’s his favorite treat!
6. Laugh. A lot. There’s nothing quite like the laughter of little kids. Granted, M’s silly laugh is often forced, and a way to let go of anxiety, but it leads onto the connection that will be memorable.
7. Take lots of photos – but let your child do it too! Don’t worry about getting the perfect shot, or the mess in the background. Your child will remember “I took that photo. Remember that day?!”
8. Tell stories. Inspire each other. A “when Daddy was little” tale over dinner is an experience for M.
How do you turn everyday moments into memories? Comment below, and click here to discover Teddy!