This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mott’s®.
Kids grow up so fast! In the blink of an eye your little baby is half-way towards becoming an adult.
I’m living this reality with my own kids now. My baby just turned 9, less than ten years until he’s 18.
Oh how it hurts to do the math!
This is one of the sad realities of raising kids. Growing up is just a part of living. Losing those baby curls, learning to talk, walk, and drive. Becoming disinterested in toys and hugs at school drop off. These are all things that are going to happen.
Making this precious time when our kids are kids last is really important. Hanging on to every precious memory of our children growing up.
As parents I think it’s good to take a step back and think about how important this time is. We only get it once with our kids, so let’s make an effort to live in the moment and actively do things to cherish this time while our kids are growing up.
Being more present and in the moment with my kids is one of my personal goals right now. So, I’ve put together an amazing list that I want to share with you. I hope you find some ideas on this list that will help you hold on to every minute that your kids are growing up!
Don’t miss the free printable list below.
80+ Ways You Can Cherish Your Child Growing Up
- Hold them longer while they sleep
- Take lots of photos!
- Track their growth on a growth chart – See how you can get a free growth chart for your child below!
- Make yearly scrapbooks as they grow
- Hold their hand as long as they’ll let you
- Always hug & kiss them goodnight
- Check on them while they sleep
- Read them a bedtime story every day
- Learn to style their hair
- Color and draw with them
- Keep a journal about your kids
- Teach them new skills
- Make them laugh
- Build a tree house with them
- Frame yearly school photos
- Talk with them at dinner
- Learn to love what they love
- Comfort them when they cry
- Watch them while they play
- Plan kids one on one date nights
- Play board games with them
- Listen to music with them
- Get silly together
- Let them help you cook
- Play instruments together
- Go on family vacations
- Lay with them until they fall asleep
- Listen when they ask questions
- Take time to answer their questions
- Talk to them about school and friends
- Help them solve problems
- It’s okay to spoil them sometimes
- Surprise them with a kid friendly vacation
- Plan regular family picnics
- Have family meetings with your kids
- Let your kids help plan a movie night
- Have no homework/chores days
- Tuck them into bed
- Have water gun/balloon fights
- Let cleaning go for a day of play
- Save school crafts and keepsakes
- Make a memory box
- Write down a list of firsts
- Talk about favorite memories together
- Make the most of each holiday
- Watch your kids bond with their grandparents
- Schedule family bonding in your to-do list
- Have a family unplugged time
- Write them lunch box notes
- Have small birthday parties at home
- Take a day off work just for your kids
- Write down cute and funny things your kids say
- Keep family traditions alive
- Cherish the time when you can still hold your baby/toddler
- Pull them in a wagon
- Take spontaneous trips and outings
- Have a backyard camp out
- Go on a cross country road trip
- Take family hikes
- Set aside a budget for weekly family fun
- Say I love you every day
- Have family portraits taken yearly
- Do chores together
- Plant a family garden
- Watch when they try to show you something
- Attend all dance recitals, sports games, etc.
- Be your child’s biggest cheerleader
- Keep a family fun calendar
- Go on family drives
- Listen when they are sad and happy
- Reward each achievement
- Parent in a positive loving way
- Play toys with your kids
- Bake together
- Tell each other jokes
- Record videos of them playing
- Video chat when on business trips
- Walk them to school/class
- Communicate often
- Make crafts together
- Be patient daily
- Cook special breakfasts/dinners
- Try not to blink, it goes by fast!
Get a Free Growth Chart from Mott’s
As I mentioned, one of my goals this year has been to be more present and in the moment with my kids. I don’t want to miss a beat!
My toddler is always learning new tricks and phrases every day. Dedicating time to sit and watch her or play with her is so meaningful to the both of us.
One of the ways we cherish her being little is tracking her growth!We got the cutest growth chart from Mott’s that makes it easy to track her growth and compares her height to different animals. You can get a growth chart too for free!
Here’s how to get your free growth chart:
We love Mott’s because they make it easy for us to give our kids a healthy snack on the go and at home. They’re made with real fruit and are an excellent source of vitamins for kids to grow strong and healthy! I am so excited to share with my readers that Mott’s has partnered with Walmart for this amazing offer to get a free growth chart for you and your kids.
- Purchase $10 worth of Mott’s juice or sauce at your local Walmart. You will find the juice in the juice section and apple sauce in the apple/sauce section!
- Register for your growth chart on Motts.com/Walmart
- Upload receipts on www.Motts.com/Walmart now through 9/15/2017
- Once your receipts are verified, a cute Mott’s growth chart will be mailed to your home!
How do you cherish your kids growing up? Do you track your child’s growth at home? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!