While they’re young, collect precious moments. Treasure every tear-streaming giggle, every smile that lights up their face, and most importantly, surround yourself with simple pleasures. Go on a picnic, catch tons of sunfish, go blueberry picking, teach them how to ride a bike, crash into the waves, play putt-putt golf, explore remote parks, go roller skating, bring on the BIG bubbles, catch lightning bugs, and have epic water balloon fights…
Then, as they get older, role with it. It’s hard, I know. But treasure their independence, curiosity, and unique personalities. Even though they may be pulling away – just a little – know that they love you and care about you beyond measure. Hold onto to that feeling. You’ll need it later.
So, still, do ALL the little things. Bond over and over again. Ask open-ended questions. Understand their thought process. Play. Go to the driving range, hike a new trail, go crabbing, make s’mores, try YOGA, read books that expand their horizons, and catch more lightning bugs…
Lastly, definitely stop EVERY TIME for ice cream at the local farmers market:)
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