One of the best gifts you can give your children is great memories…
I read this quote recently and have to admit that it has really resonated with me. It made me think long and hard about what I want to do as a mother for my son. Material things will quickly become outdated, worn out and forgotten- memories however stick with you for a lifetime. Think about it, when you think of your childhood and people you love, memories are what usually come to mind. Some of my favorite personal memories are thoughts of family vacations. See my family never went more than a year without a vacation ( granted most of these were trips to Disney World) we loved the idea of going somewhere we loved and spending quality time with each other. Growing up, my family was always on the move, who had practice? who was working late? it wasn’t typical for us to even sit down together for a meal.Vacation was a different story! We were together for the entire week, no reason to go anywhere and we loved it. In our case this meant three meals a day on top of endless rides, shows and so much more but we loved it and the number one reason we loved it was because we were together.
Now fast forward to 2016 when things are even more crazy than they use to be. Throw in cell phones, computers, iPads, facebook, twitter, snapchat and all the other things that serve as a distraction even when you are spending time with your loved ones. Vacation use to be an excuse to unwind and relax and not have anywhere to be but now it is so much more than that. It is an excuse to go somewhere, “shutdown” and “log off” and enjoy time with your family. With the amount of time we spend connecting with others via social media, we forget about actually interacting with the people you love the most. It is so important to put a focus on the idea of creating memories and having things to reminisce about.
I am now a mother and I can promise you that taking family trips is one of my top priorities. My husband and I firmly believe in the importance of taking time out for our family, where we can spend uninterrupted moments together with the added bonus of doing things we would never be able to do at home. Our son is currently 16 months old and we have already taken him on one family vacation to the beach and in less than two months we are off to Disney World. I can’t tell you how many times we have been told that this is a waste because he will never remember and my response is this- he may not remember, but I WILL. I will remember his smile and the excitement. I will remember everything; what we did, when we did it and why! In time he will be old enough to remember all of the amazing things we do on our family vacations and these will certainly be some of the best gifts I could ever give him.
Take a minute and think about your family and your memories and consider making new memories. Maybe a swim with dolphins or a trip to learn more about your heritage? No matter what you do, one thing is certain- you will be making memories together!