As a parent the conversations are endless, which is the best school, extracurricular activities, sports, music, dance, swimming, and there is so much more. It is interesting that we all come from different backgrounds and upbringing and feel different things are more important. I think what a child needs most is our undivided attention, unconditional love and support, as well as the opportunity to be as independent as possible depending on the age.
Many people love to take their kids to what I feel are more adult stuff, like mani/pedi or certain trips. Even Disney in my opinion is for a certain age, I don’t understand taking babies and paying those ridiculous prices, was never big on Disney. I love simple, I refuse to get my son anything to do with video games, he is the type that would never leave the house or the screen, instead I take him to an arcade, old school style. I love to take them to different parks, museums, festivals, events, celebrations, just celebrating life with fellow celebrants. I love being around happiness, joy, and shows, I love shows, all types of shows. For my little guys birthday we enjoyed the Santa Monica Pier, got unlimited rides, and as a family just hopped from one to the other, simple thrills, he had a blast.
But most important of all is to do it together.
“Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else will ever make you as happy or as sad, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality– especially while you struggle to keep your own.”
~ Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons, “The Mothers Almanac
As important is to find time for adult time, mom time, dad time, and mom and dad time, not just 100% kids time.