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10 Things Children Will Always Remember

10 Things Children Will Always Remember
I am sharing with you today 10 things that I will never forget. I come from a childhood packed with millions of sweet memories surrounded by family, friends, and people that understood what love is. It is amazing to me that most things I remember from my childhood make me smile and happy, considering that we had really little money, a lot of empty stomachs and much reason to pray for help. I had a wonderful childhood not because of the things we had but because we had each other. This post is about creating sweet moments that our children will always remember. source It is a beautiful thing to read with a child but there is a magic when you read to a child. Books create a world where everyone that is reading becomes a part of it. No matter how old a child is, read to him, read to her, read to them, read with them. Let’s give our children the gift to grow up saying… My parents always read to me. In a busy crazy world it is so easy to say wait a second. source The key to listen is to STOP. source source

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