- Family and Parenting
All Grown Up In The Blink Of An Eye
If you're not careful you will not even realize it and your children will be all grown up in the blink of an eye. Its unbelievable how time flies and all of a sudden, the days when our children were babies, toddlers, adolecense and teens are almost over. Here I am with two young adults and I ask myself how could it have gone by so fast.
One of the things young girls often look forward to most is the day when they start a family of their own. Having children is one of the most special gifts that anyone could ever ask for . I feel like it was only yesterday that my children were little yet we have experienced years together, grown together and created memories that will last forever.
These days, when children are young, there are so many things for them to become involved with and when the children become involved, famiily life gets busier and busier. As parents try to juggle schedules and take in every second of every event that they possilby can, time seems to fly. One day runs into the next and in the blink of an eye, the children are teenagers.
As teenagers, the trials and tribulations change but the kids are always still your babies and sometimes still seem like babies rather than teens. As you watch them become more and more independent, grow and start living their lives to the fullest, you are proud and happy on the one hand but feel a sense of loss on the other as you are becoming less and less needed the way you were before. By slowly giving them more freedom to grow up and find their way in this world, you may begin to lose yours. What will I do with myself now that I don't need to spend so much time watching over my child who has now become a young adult.
As young adults, your children will still need you and come to you but now they are in the position of dreaming of how they may sometime in the near future start a family of their own. They will be responsible for their decisions and they will choose what to do with their lives. Without constant guidance from us, how will they manage? It seems impossible, but somehow they do.
It is a new time for me now. What shall I do? It's something different for me, just like it's something new for them. I will experience independence once again just like I did when I was their age but now with more wisdom and life experience and hopefully at this point more money then back then too. I just hope I can find my way with my new found indepenence.
As I look down the road, I see that time will still fly from this point forward, as not so long ago, my aging and ailing inlaws were healthy older adults in the same position I see myself in now. The children had left the nest and were starting families of their own. They had gained some freedom to travel, retire and do some of the things that maybe they couldn't do together with the children at home.
It is a time once again for all of us to grow and in the blink of an eye, these years too will fly by.