I was just sharing on the air today that I get super-emotional at the end of every school year. It's one more year 'in the books' so to speak and one less year of childhood. It all goes so fast! I got messages from other moms feeling weepy too.  Here was that moment on the air.

I had all 3 of my kids about 5 years apart in an effort to stretch it all out, but at the end of the day, time will still win.  It is hard to remember but we have to be in the moment now.  It is really something, in order to do this parenting thing right, we have to teach our kids how to not need us. It's never lost on me (or any of the other parents who wrote in) how painfully beautiful that process is.

With that being said, it occurred to me that the best times in life were when I shut everything down to simply spend time with my kids.  It is hard to do, we all have to earn money.  I used to justify over-working because I was earning money for them.  However, as long as their needs are covered, all they really want is you.

There is something so special about making everyone else in the world wait while you pay attention to your kids. That time is so fleeting, let’s grab it while we can.

Here are some sweet family activities so you and your little one can make your moments.

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Enjoy story time in the park on Sundays! This free event is happening June 12, 19 & 26th from 11-11:45 a.m.  In historic Walnford in Upper Freehold.

They will read a story right in front of beautiful Crosswicks Creek. You can make a picnic out of it, feel free to bring food and a blanket.  If it happens to rain, they will meet in the front hall of the historic house.  This is perfect for ages 2-7 with an adult.

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Kids a bit older will love touring the Seabrook-Wilson House.  That takes place on Sundays in June on the 12th, 19th & 26th from 1-4 pm at the Bayshore Waterfront Park, in Port Monmouth.  This house dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The tour is totally free.

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Maybe you have an athletic kiddo?  How about joining in on “Climb Time” at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch?

You guys can try your hand at the Park System's 25-foot portable climbing wall! You must be 42" or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. This event is also totally FREE!  It is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th from 3-6 pm.

It all happens too fast so let's be in the moment with our kids today!  Here are some more popular New Jersey attractions for you and the fam to check out!

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