Saturday, 22 August 2015

10 Things to Tell Your (Grand)children in August


Your memories and stories just such seeds for your children.


Ice cream holds a place of prominence on the August calendar with day's dedicated to soft ice cream, ice cream pie and many more ice cream treats.

In August have fun and tell stories about ice cream.

1.  Talk about your earliest memory of ice cream.  Where were you, who were you with and what flavour was it?

At our church picnics after the pies, tarts, and cookies were devoured the minister and church elders put on oven mitts and passed out vanilla ice cream in cones.  The ice cream came pre-cut and roll in cardboard they looked very much like the centre cardboard of toilet tissue.  I now know the oven mitts were because of the dry ice the ice cream was packed in.  At the time though we would make up the most ridiculous stories about how the ice cream would be too hot to touch.

2. If you have ever made homemade ice cream describe this event to your (grand)children.  A fun and easy activity that you can do with children is make ice cream in a bag.  Beware that younger children will tire quickly and you will end up agitating their bag at some point in the process.


3. Do you have a favourite ice cream parlour?  If you do take your (grand)children there to have this month’s discussions.  Thereafter when they drive past the parlor or visit it they will be reminded of you and they may tell your story to their children.  If you do not have a favourite parlour find one together with your children and start new memories.

August for many is the last month of the school break and vacation.

4. Learning to ride a bike is often a summer break activity.  Remember back to that very first time you stayed up right on a two wheel bike and tell this story.  What type of a bike was it, what was the colour, was it your bike or someone elses?

5. If you still ride a bike tell your children why and the enjoyment you derive from riding a bike.

6. Did you ever take a biking trip somewhere?

7. Swimming is also a summer activity take the time to remember back to a very early memory that included swimming and recount this. 

8. How did you learn to swim? Lessons at a pool or in a lake or a pond?

9.  If you do not swim or have a fear of swimming, using age appropriate language explain why.  In your story talk about what you would do differently now to overcome your fear.  By placing our fears in the light of day our children will have a new understanding of our behaviour and be less likely to develop the same fears.
10. If you engage in any other water sports tell your childhood stories and share pictures if you have them.



Grandma Snyder


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