This week has been rainy and unseasonable cold for our part of the country. On Tuesday, my girls and I went to our local aquarium. You may ask, "I thought you just quit your job, how can you afford an expensive outing like that?". The answer is, the aquarium membership was given to my youngest by her paternal birth grandmother. "Gram" is a wonderfully generous woman who showers love and attention on both of my girls. She loves the environment and learning about the world around us, and wanted to share this gift with her granddaughter. I can honestly say, we have used the membership more times than I can count in the past six months.
The aquarium is our "go to" activity on a rainy day rather than the mall or shopping center. The girls thoroughly enjoy it and are richer from the experience. Just like us, kids are inundated with the message of materialism through TV, magazines, and popular culture itself. I don't know about you, but most of the squabbles my girls have are about sharing, or should I say not sharing "stuff". I think it is important to offer your child, and yourself a different option. Experiences whether it be a trip to the aquarium, the zoo, or the park allow your family to focus on activity, learning, and building relationships. I love the idea of giving gifts of experience rather than "stuff". What do you think?