I have some very special memories from my childhood. A lot of it I have forgotten, but when I'm taking a stroll down memory lane, what stands out to me? Laying on my mother's cool, soft legs, hair swept across my brow, while I was terribly ill. Memorizing scripture with my father at age three. Going on a family vacation to Florida and getting a small toy to open for each state line we crossed. Sitting around the family room floor doing devotions together. It's the little things. It's the smiles. It's the tender touches. Thoughtful glances. Poured out, unconditional love and grace. I can tell you what it's not. It's not the times I lose my temper, yell at my kids, and am harsh with them. It's the quiet, slow, intentional moments.
How can you place treasures into your children's memory bank? "Each day of our lives we make deposits into the memory banks of our children." ~ Chuck Swindoll
1) Be present. When your children are awake, engage them.
2) Be consistent. There are times when you will go with the flow, but strive to create consistency.
3) Be Christ-like. Strive to be like Jesus, and their little memory banks will be filled to the brim!
4) Be Spirit filled. Confess your sins and be led by the Holy Spirit.
5) Be joyful. Wear a smile, Mama. Days won't always be great, but ask the Lord to give you His joy.
6) Be a positive presence. Don't be a whiny, negative Mama. It will rub off on your children.
7) Be a rock. Give your children the security they need and crave; to lean on and to hide under during life's storms.
8) Be a parent, and a friend later. Right now your job is to be a parent. The friendship will come later.
9) Be fun. Be fun! No matter what you are doing, there is time for silliness and creativity!
10) Be frugal. Find things to do that don't cost much money. Teach your kids they can have fun on little.