It’s so important to create memories with your children — it will be so special for them!
I think you need to spend as much time as possible with your children, on THEIR terms, NOT your terms. So whatever you’re doing — picking them up from school and asking about their day, taking them on errands, picking them up from swimming — really engage in your children’s lives, and don’t just expect them to be a part of yours.
Children are not accessories. I think that’s a really big problem with kids today: they’ve been raised as accessories to their parents. However, that won’t give them a strong sense of themselves.
Having rituals with your children can help make wonderful memories. For example, this past summer we made different pancakes every day. My daughters, Sea,12, and Teddy, 10, will remember the butter splattering, the milk all over the place, the dog eating the pancakes. That will be with them for the rest of their lives and I think that’s great!