A year or so ago, my friend Rebecca started declaring “You are having a wonderful childhood!” to any kids within earshot during times of fun, travel, or general memory making.  This statement has become a fixture in our neighborhood and household.

We use it in a few different scenarios but all are ultimately to remind the kids to be grateful for all of the experiences they are lucky enough to have.

It might be during a camping trip and the kids are complaining about being bored, despite the fact that we just went on kayaking and are about to have s’mores.

s'mores

“You are having a wonderful childhood!”

It might be during a neighborhood block party as the kids are playing tag in the streets, riding bikes in the 4th of July parade, singing Christmas carols, trick or treating, or sliding down an ice-covered hill.

“You are having a wonderful childhood!”

It might on Labor Day and spending a relaxing day with Family.

Granny's pond

“You are having a wonderful childhood!”

During one of those random evenings, Rebecca changed it up a bit and declared “You are having a wonderful parenthood!” to the moms and dads seated around the fire-pit, talking and laughing while our kids played in the Way Back. As we are the ones providing the kids with their wonderful childhoods, it can be easy to get lost in the hum-drum aspects of parenthood: the chauffeuring, disciplining, planning, teaching, etc.  But maybe it is time to remind ourselves to be grateful for all of the experiences we are lucky enough to have.

It might be when you finally get to go to Disney World and the trip is for you as much as it is for your kids.

Disney World

“You are having a wonderful parenthood!”

It might on a summer evening when you and your kiddo TIE during a race down the street.

It's a TIE

“You are having a wonderful parenthood!”

It might even be on weekend when the kids are watching a movie and you are laughing so much you can’t take a picture.

too busy laughing

“You are having a wonderful parenthood!”

 

We remind kids all the time to be in the moment and enjoy their Childhood because it all goes so fast.

Time to practice what we preach: Be in the moment and enjoy our Parenthood because it all goes so fast!

 

 

 

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