Cherish the Memories

By Brenda L. Storey, Esq.

As I bring to a close the latest blog series that has focused on parenting, I wanted to highlight the importance of cherishing the memories.   Parenting is not easy, but it has so many special moments that will only happen once.   Of course there are the huge milestones, such as the first step, the first word, starting kindergarten, getting a driver’s license, graduation.   Hang onto those.   The special moments also include the hard times– when having to discipline your child, or telling your child of the divorce, or when a family pet has died.   How you handle those times can, in fact, bring you closer to your child than anything else.

The key is to not be so caught up in one’s own self, or material needs, or career, or stress, or anything else to let those moments slip away.  Fully engage in them.   Open yourself up to them.

The older I get, and as wonderful a life as I have, what I treasure are the memories I have with my kids.   The good, the bad, and the ugly all had love as part of each and every one.   Those memories can last forever, and there is always room for more.