A few days ago the below image popped up in my Facebook memories. It is from a family photo shoot the kids and I had with Jeanette. Kiara was 4 and Cameron 6, it was almost 10 years ago. They both look incredibly cute don’t they? As cute as they both look I don’t want them to be that age again.
My children are growing up and I am ok with it.
I don’t want time to stop so they can stay little. It has nothing to do with the fact that none of my kids slept as babies or toddlers. It is not even because of the terrible tantrums my girls had. It is simply because I am really enjoying where all of my kids are right now.
Of course it is an amazing feeling when your little one falls asleep on your chest or when chubby little hands hold yours. I do have moments where I miss the physical closeness of a toddler. My teen doesn’t allow me to grab his face and kiss it randomly but I still don’t wish he was a toddler again.
I love being able to have a conversation with my older children. I love watching them grow and develop thoughts and opinions that are their own. I love being able to make jokes with them. I love vegging on the couch watching Netflix shows with them that aren’t cartoons. I love hearing their take on things that are happening in the world.
Watching our children grow is, for me, the greatest gift of parenting. The older they get does mean they are moving closer to leaving and that will be hard but it is how it is meant to be. I am not wishing their childhood away but I am also not mourning the passing of their baby years.
Parenting is a crazy journey that get crazier the older your children get. Nothing really prepares you for when your children become teenagers. Each stage has it’s pros and cons but I can honestly say that I enjoy my kids more and more the older they get.
Do you agree? Or do you wish your kids would stay little?
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