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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

25 Things Every Kid Should Experience

Love this article. Wish I thought of it!

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Here's the List:

1-Being part of a team -"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." ~Babe Ruth

2-Camping - "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man."~Author Unknown

3-Chores - "All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today."~Ralph Ransom

4-Snow- "A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship."
~Markus Zusak

5-Farm Life- "Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose." ~Mike Johanns

A lemonade stand - "Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else."~Alan Sugar

7-Flying a kite - Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind."
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

8-Bowling - "Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain." ~Martin Mull

9-The fair - "Go to the Fair, Templeton. You will find that the conditions at the fair will surpass your wildest dreams." ~via "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

10-Cooking - "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
~Harriet Van Horne

11-Fishing - "Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers."~Herbert Hoover

12-Horseback riding - "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle."~Winston Churchill

13-Giving - "I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
~Maya Angelou

14-The library - "To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one." ~Chinese saying

15-A family reunion - "Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!"
~Albert Einstein

16-A live stage production - "The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."~Arthur Miller

17*-The beach - "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." ~Anonymous

18-Caring for a pet - "The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic."
~Henry Ward Beecher

19- Helping fix stuff - "The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the son who neglects them."~Confucius

20-A friendship with a special needs child - "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~Albert Einstein

21-Riding a train - "If God had intended us to fly, he would never have given us the railroads."
~Michael Flanders

22-Being in a wedding - "Twenty-three is the best age [to get married] because you know the person FOREVER by then."~Camille, age 10

23-Gardening - "I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation." ~Phyllis Theroux

24-Learning to swim - What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? ...when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!~Alfred Alder

25-A slumber party - "I believe in angels, the kind Heaven sends. I am surrounded by angels, but I call them my best friends.~Anonymous

*If you're from Jersey, #17 would be "The Shore"!

Wow, I 'm only missing a couple from this list!
Off the top of my head I'd like to add: A family road trip, visiting a zoo, museum, school trip, building a fort/treehouse/snowfort, love/attention from a grandparent, aunt or uncle, riding a bike & roller skating, sleeping in a tent in the backyard  . . . . .

 . . . . and what would you like to see on this list? Email me and I'll add it to the post.



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