I love the movie “Mary Poppins” for many reasons, but one of which is the iconic song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” The scene where the Banks family sings it at the end of the movie reminds me to slow down enough to go fly a kite. There are so many things I often want to do, like fly a kite with my kids, but hardly do because I feel pressed for time.
What I know though, is that time is a finite resource. We can never create more time, we each get the same 24 hours in each day. What we do with it is up to us.
I’ve tried to remind myself lately that the years of raising our children pass quickly. Do we slow down enough to cherish them? Do we spend quality time doing fun things and making memories? The TV, laundry and chores will always be there, but our kids will someday leave the nest. Will we be pleased with the amount of quality time we spent with them?
Parents, let’s keep this at the forefront of our minds and make time this spring to build memories with our kids. Here are some fun ideas to try:
- Build and fly a kite: Check out this website for 15 DIY kite projects you make as a family, https://diyprojects.com/diy-kite-making-instructions/.
- Plant a garden: A few years ago I bought a garden bed kit at Home Depot and a few plants. The kids loved digging and planting with me. We also found it fun to go out and water and see the progress of our plants. If you don’t have an area for a garden, buy some flowers or rose bushes and plant those instead.
- Make a birdfeeder: You can make a birdfeeder with many items you probably already have at home, like milk jugs, two-liter soda bottles or popsicle sticks. Search Pinterest and you’ll find lots of neat options. Make time to sit and watch the birds that visit your yard.
- Play ball: Spring is the perfect time to play a game of baseball with the kids. My family has a small plastic t-ball set we use and it works great for our kids, eight and five. We created our own bases from craft foam and play in the greenbelt in front of our house. Often the neighbors will join in and we have enough for a full team. If baseball isn’t your game, try basketball, soccer or Frisbee.
- Go camping: I’m not a big camper, but I have friends who love it and their stories of fun and quality family time makes me want to try it.
- Watch “Mary Poppins:” Make a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy this family classic together. It’s such a good reminder for us parents to slow down and make time for our children. They need us and want our attention and affection.
Schedule some time this week to spend quality time with your family. Have fun, be silly and take some pictures together!