I knew all of this when we began raising our own children, so my wife and I decided to expose them to as many different food and music experiences as possible beginning in their preteen years. They had access to my entire music collection by the time they turned 12 years old, so AC/DC is a favorite band of theirs, and John Bonham from Led Zeppelin is absolutely their favorite drummer.
As far as food goes, my boys had a best friend in grade school from India, whose mom was a fantastic cook. At first she only served them pizza when my kids came to their house to play games with her son. But my sons soon convinced her they wanted to try real Indian food. Sure enough, they now love it in their mid-20’s, as well as the Maryland Blue Crabs we taught them how to pick, the Baked Macaroni that my wife makes for all family gatherings, the Sushi they go wild over after I started taking them to Japanese restaurants, and the grilled steaks I’m pretty good at making on my Weber Grill, the wedding present my own wife bought me soon after we were married.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you have kids, grandkids or even great-grandchildren in their preteen through college formative years, it’s time to show them the great music you grew up with, the great foods you know how to make or enjoy in a restaurant, and the great experiences you can get while camping with them. Memories of experiences in their preteen through college years will last them a lifetime and can’t easily be topped by the latest fad.
So don’t just buy your grandkids some new gadget – take them somewhere you think is great. Maybe it’s fishing. How about taking them camping around Nashville to hear some of the greatest musicians in the country? Maybe teach them how to make the best spaghetti sauce you’ve ever tasted. It’s really as simple as listening to the Beach Boys or Boston along with them (which all my boys think are GREAT, by the way). But don’t just phone it in … actually DO IT. You and your descendants will be glad you did.
Then the “Good” old days will become the “Great” old days.
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit NoShockZone.org for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.