Julie Andrews' Tips for Making Special Memories With Your Kids
Get creative with your kids! Julie: We play a lot of games with our children. One is the 3-Minute Game—all you need is a pencil and piece of paper. You write down a bunch of subjects, roll them up and each child gets to write about the subject they pick for 3 minutes. We end up with a lot of pages that are funny and sweet, and it makes children aware that writing things down creates wonderful memories.
Take time to learn from your kids! Emma: In one of our books Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother & Child, the theme is children learn from parents, but parents learn from children, too. So take a moment and see not just from your point of view, but your child's, too.
Turn your life into art! Julie: Our family writes poems to each other as gifts for holidays and special occasions. It means so much more than a bought gift.
Emma: And the great thing is my mom kept all of our writing in bound books so it's a lovely keepsake of growing up. My 7-year-old daughter just wrote a six-page story—it was absolutely heavenly so we saved it in a notebook and she's so proud of it. Putting all of your kid's writing and art in one place makes it special.