Making Memories to Last a Lifetime

Chances are there's a certain something your family did when you were a kid that is a cherished memory for you. Maybe it was the song your Dad sang you to sleep with, maybe it was a special family code word you shared. During the month of May, the parents of Parent Soup set out to think up great ways to make memories for their own kids. Making memories doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it's often the little things that make the best memories, as you'll read in the suggestions below.

Date Night
"My dad used to take me on dates when I was a little girl. He would call me from work on a Friday afternoon and tell me to be ready by six. I got to pick out my own outfit and do my own hair. We always went to a local restaurant for lobster. This is one of my favorite memories from my childhood (even though when I was a teenager getting ready to date, I thought all dates should involve lobster!). Now that I am a mother, I do something similar with my son. My husband works nights sometimes, so about once a month, my son and I go out to dinner and to the movies. He is only four (I started taking him when he was two), and we have the best time."
~ Christina, California

Lunch Box Love Notes
"When I make a lunch for my son (he's in fourth grade) I always put a little note that says something like 'I love you,' 'You're special,' 'XOXOXO,' or something else short and sweet. I make it small so he can look at it secretly. I had stopped writing these notes a while back for various reasons. One day, my son was reading a book and his bookmark fell out. He was quite concerned that he might lose it. When I asked why he was so concerned, he told me 'Mom, it's one of the notes you gave me last year in my lunch. It says that even though we might not always see eye to eye we will always be heart to heart.' Talk about a lump in your throat! Needless to say, I've resumed sending those little love notes."
~ Parent Soup member HeyMyMommy

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