-Mary May Larmoyeux- As a new mom, I vividly recall older mothers telling me how quickly the boys would grow up. I knew they were right, but somehow in the midst of changing diapers and rocking babies, that “someday” seemed far, far away. Now, I am that older mother looking back in awe, wondering where the time went.
Friends of mine expressed this so well when they reminded me, “The years do fly by so quickly, it’s just those days that seem to never end when you have little children.”
As a busy mom or grandmother, I know that your plate is certainly full. But dust can wait; childhoods cannot be recaptured. Here are a few ways that I’ve made memories with our kids and now our grandchildren:
Homemade Play Dough
The recipe below is for something similar to play dough (not to be eaten). Here’s how you can make it:
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil, water, and food coloring. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook until dough becomes one large ball. Empty onto waxed paper, Knead until smooth and cool. Immediately tore in an airtight container.
And have you ever eaten rainbow toast? It’s easy to make. Just follow these simple directions:
Put a teaspoon of milk into three cups.
Add a drop of food color in each.
Dip a small brush into each of the milk colors.
Paint a rainbow on a piece of white bread.
Toast the bread, then butter—you have rainbow toast!
For Long-Distance Relationships
Now, if you are like me, some children you love live hundreds or thousands of miles away. How can you make special memories with them? I think this begins with doing something intentional that will mark their unique relationship with you.
For example, I always try to end our FaceTime conversations with kisses and a prayer. I pretend I’m blowing a kiss with the force of hurricane winds, and the kids hundreds of miles away pretend that I knock them off their chairs. And then the grands blow a “hurricane-force” kiss back to me and I “fall down.” It’s become a tradition now … a memory maker that’s etched in our hearts.
What about you? How do you make special memories with your children/grandchildren?
Post and photos © 2014, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with hundreds of creative activities, fun ideas, Scriptures, and more. It’s a great resource to help grandparents (aunts and uncles, too) have a rich relationship with their grandchildren. Learn more about The Grandparent Connection here.