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Parents of Baby Adults, Your Kid Helped Me Today

(Inside: Parents of baby adults, your kid helped me today more than they even realized. Thanks for raising them like that.)

Parents of Baby Adults,

Your twenty-something-year-old helped me at the eye doctor’s office today.

Like, didn’t just help me in holding the door open or picking up the pen I dropped.

Nope.

She was the technician who gave me my eye exam.

Your daughter called my name in the lobby on time and with authority.

She walked me back to the eye exam room, asked questions, assessed the situation, and problem solved. Her knowledge, efficiency, and speed were noteworthy.

Yet, that’s not why I’m writing this.

I told her I’ve been delaying this appointment, but my eye-headaches have just gotten too bad. I hated the idea of reaching the age where I needed bifocals. Just one more thing reminding me that I’m getting older faster than I’d like.

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Your daughter stopped clicking on the computer, spun her chair around, and looked me in the eye.

“I know there’s a stigma around bifocals, but don’t buy into it. I’ve been in progressive lenses since I was 15. Bifocals don’t necessarily mean that you’re aging fast.”

This.

That.

Right there.

It’s what I wish for in parenting.

As a mom of teens, I’ve been reflecting a lot on “parenting with the end in mind.” Questions swirl in my brain and heart like: Who do I hope my kids grow up to be? How do I want them to engage with the world? What does that look like in everyday life?

Your baby adult reminded me of the answer. I hope my kids grow up to be like your twenty-something-year-old. Of course, I want my kids to find how to use their gifts to contribute to society, but even more, I hope they see others.

Look people in the eye.

See their insecurities.

And speak life into them.

With so much kindness.

Just like your daughter did for me.

Parents of Baby Adults, your big kid helped me at the eye doctor’s office today.

More than she realized.

Thank you for raising her like that.

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Parents of baby adults, your kid helped me today more than they even realized. Thanks for raising them like that.