I want them to remember…
I want to create the best childhood that I possibly can for my kids. I want them to look back on their childhood and to remember that they had a brilliant one. It’s hard to know which memories will stick with them and which they’ll forget. I try and bring up my kids with one question in mind.
Will they remember today?
Sometimes I feel guilty after telling them off, just because I worry that these are the memories that will stick with them. I want them to remember me and my partner as good parents, not ones that just sent them to their rooms when they were naughty. I want them to remember us as parents that loved them and always wanted the best for them. I want them to remember the family days out and our trips to the beach. I want them to remember our caravan holidays and walks along the seafront. I want them to remember the good times, and for them to feel happy whenever they think back to their pasts.
It’s hard to know exactly which days will stick with them forever. I guess it’s about trying to make sure that the good memories outweigh the bad. We have to fill their childhoods with as much fun and laughter as we can in order to counteract the arguments, telling-offs and clashing of personalities that are almost inevitable as a parent. It’s important to be there when they’re sad, to reassure them when they doubt, to discipline them fairly when they misbehave and to always tell them that we love them.
What is your earliest childhood memory? Is it a good one or a bad one?
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