When was the last time you had a time alone adventure / outing with a member of your family or treasured friend ?
The Boomer generation (those born between 1946 & 1964) entered parenthood with an heightened awareness of the importance of spending time with its children. Recall the TV spots that portrayed a father not having time for his son? When the child was grown and the father finally wanted time, his offspring apologized, saying he was just too busy. Sorry !
As my 97 year old aunt said, while speaking of her 90 year old boyfriend, It is never to late for a loving relationship.
Like me, you probably attended ballet classes, soccer and hockey games, and school events. You may even have gone on unique adventures with your child.
When my son was 14 years old we went on a week long canoe trip; just he and I. It was a wonderful, bonding adventure that helped ensure our solid relationship through the challenging teenage years and when he went off to pursue his adult life in the work-place and with his own family. This was, of course, not just the only outing with him; just a significant one.
Equally, I made a point of making special occasions with my daughter. One time we left Canada for New York to experience the New Year holiday and the dropping of the ball. - I get emotional just thinking of precious times with her.
Now 40 years old, my son came for a visit and we headed deep into the Amazon Jungle. Fishing for and then swimming in a lake with piranha, hiking thigh high in water on jungle trails, paddling a canoe in a heavy tropical rainstorm and witnessing the beauty of the flora and fauna added cement to an already strong relationship.
Your bonding time doesn't have to be so adventurous, only special for both of you.
Are you ready for that mother and daughter shopping trip or holiday ? Guy or gal, you only have to give a moment's thought to identify an outing that will be a life experience not to be forgotten.
And, don't forget the importance of spending special moments with other important people in your life.
I'll look forward to hearing of your experience.
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