5 Ways To Make Lasting Memories With Your Kids

Parenting is a whirlwind of responsibilities, deadlines, and endless to-do lists. In the midst of it all, we sometimes find ourselves questioning if we’re spending enough time with our children. These memories are the building blocks of a lifetime bond and play a significant role in shaping their character. So, let’s look at 5 ways to create lasting memories with your little ones.

1) Embrace Simplicity

Sometimes, the most beautiful moments come from the simplest of activities. It could be reading a bedtime story, baking cookies together, or having a picnic in the park. By immersing ourselves in these seemingly ordinary moments, we create an environment of love and connection that our children will carry with them throughout their lives.

2) Unplug And Engage

In this digital age, it’s crucial to unplug and disconnect from the distractions of technology. Allocate dedicated screen-free time for you and your children to engage in meaningful conversations, play games, or go on outdoor adventures. By focusing solely on each other’s presence, you create a space where memories are made without the constant interruption of notifications and screens.

3) Capture Memories, Not Perfect Moments

Rather than striving for picture-perfect moments, embrace the imperfections and capture the genuine emotions and experiences shared with your children. Pull out the camera or phone and capture their infectious laughter, their curious discoveries, and the little milestones that mark their growth. These photographs will serve as precious reminders of the love and joy shared within your family.

4) Create Traditions

Traditions provide a sense of stability and unity within a family. Whether it’s a weekly game night, a special holiday tradition, or a yearly vacation, traditions become cherished memories that children will look forward to and carry with them into adulthood. These traditions strengthen the family bond and create a sense of belonging that stays with your children throughout their lives.

5) Be Present And Be Available

Children crave our undivided attention and long for quantity and quality time spent with us. Be intentional about setting aside regular one-on-one time with each child, during which they have your complete focus and love. Engage in activities they enjoy, actively listen to their stories, and show genuine interest in their world. Your presence and availability will be imprinted in their hearts as treasured memories.

The journey of making lasting memories with your children is a precious gift that you have the power to make happen. Remember, the small moments matter. So, let’s embark on this incredible journey of parenthood, one memory at a time, and watch our children grow into confident, resilient, and loving adults.

Praying that your journey as a parent is filled with joy, love, and beautiful memories!


  • Chris Reed | Pastor to Parents | Saddleback Church

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Pastor to Singles and Pastor to Marriages. He is currently our Pastor to Parents leading the charge for all things Parents Ministry at Saddleback. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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