Keep Everyone Together Because They’ll Go from Toddlers to Teenagers in a Blink

desk for your family room that goes from a homework spot to your place for scrapbooking to a great place to play Uno. And keep it central to keep them all together – squabbling, making messes, and being rowdy – for as long as you possibly can. Because as time slips away, those cherub-faced babies will morph into nearly grown people who may very well tower over you. And other things can change as well – friendships will come and go, relationships may bloom and die, and while there will be joys and tremendous highs, there will almost certainly be losses too. I guess what I’m saying is this: do whatever you can to foster time together and make a space that everyone keeps coming back to. I spent a lot of time playing seemingly interminable games of Parcheesi or Monopoly with a table full of squirmy, noisy boys as my sons and their friends always were – and every second was worth it. Finding great furniture that lasts is one way you can do this. Those pictures you take year after year, in front of the same backdrop, speak to a consistency you and your family will find invaluable. Make a place everyone wants to be and remember to enjoy even the simple silly moments. Life is short – You should make the great moments last – Laurie Taddonio. ]]>

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