The instant I first heard the phrase “making a memory” many years ago, I fell in love with it. It captured me instantly because it expressed so precisely what I had been attempting to do with my three kids over the previous years.

Though I was not conscious of it, I was engaged in making a memory here and a memory there so that in the end, when they were adults, my children would hold a sweet and variegated bouquet of childhood memories. It’s a great gift every dad can give their kids.

I now know that this all worked because they are all in their 30s and they often reminisce about the great times we had together in their youth. All of a sudden, one will bring up some funny thing that happened on a family vacation, or a terrific roller coaster we discovered in some out of the way place, or how we went every October to that same wonderful rustic cabin that mom never quite liked (but the kids sure did).

So for every dad I say, begin building those memories NOW – one by one. Ask your kids what they would like to do. But also think back to what you did as a kid that was really enjoyable –that stands out in your mind. It just may be that your child will love it too.

One thing that was definitely true of my best memories of my childhood – and I believe could well be true for your kids also – is that the most vivid and cherished memories all have a common theme: they involve family.

This summer, begin the process of giving your child a gift – building memories to last a lifetime. If you want to learn more about being a great dad take our quiz today.