Children light up the world. They carry innocence, a free spirit and an unbelievably creative imagination. While they are each unique and special in their own ways, it takes a strong, loving parent to raise them with care and love so that they are ready for the bigger world someday.
Often times, parents end up reflecting certain attitudes, behaviors and/or beliefs upon their children that they grew up experiencing or being taught. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just remember that as a parent, you have the chance to give your children an even greater childhood than you had. For some, that’s a tough feat.
So many people grow up without both parents being around in their lives – your kids need you! You can’t pause time, but you can make the most of it. Even if you’re a hardworking, busy mom or dad, remember to always set aside time to be there for your kids, no matter what age they are.
Sometimes, it’s the little things we can do that mean so much. Here are a few simple thoughts in order from age categories on things that may take 10-20 minutes of your time but will be a memory that they’ll always remember.
From 6 – 12 – Watch some of their favorite TV shows with them. It may not be your top-choice in the options of what all you can watch with your spare time, but it shows your child/children that you’re there for them; it shows them that you want to be there to spend time with them. It means a lot.
At age 12, now the kids are really beginning to get older and more mature. From ages 12 – 14 ½, try setting aside time to cook dinner together, or bake some cookies! Including your kids in activities that you may normally do can give them a sense of responsibility, and it can be fun for both of you!
From 14 ½ – 18 years old, often times your kids will really be demonstrating a desire for independence or more responsibility [besides chores of course!]. It’s an exciting time in they’re lives; they begin really learning and discovering more about themselves. One of the best things you can do is set aside some time to *listen to your child. They will always have something to say, and to have a parent who is always there to listen is indescribably special. Even hugs… give them a hug every now and then. They’re never too old for comfort.