Do you find yourself constantly telling them to brush their teeth, make their bed or pick out their clothes for the next day? If you want to encourage responsibility in your child, consider posting a chart of their daily routines in their room. List your child’s name and their responsibilities for the day, then let them check off their completed tasks. You may even reward your child with a special treat if they complete everything that week.
We have been encouraging my father to collect old pictures and put captions on them to preserve our family memories. We want to share them with our kids and grandkids. What about you?
Well before you dig out your old yearbook and start telling “in the good old days” stories about yourself, change your course. Get out videos and photos of your children when they were little. Make it an event. Pop some popcorn, gather everyone together and go back in time. Pass around photos, watch those videos, and talk about the cute and special things your kids did when they were small. If you can, focus on one child at a time and have a special viewing night for each.
On this Fourth of July, let’s go back to 1776. On that day, 56 men signed a document that would change the course of the world. It says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Those are the words of Thomas Jefferson. Do your children know the story behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Do you? Take a break from the fireworks and cookouts to talk with your kids about the people of the past who secured the freedom we enjoy today.