My sister and I have had a version of this conversation a few times:
Me: I miss when my kids were really little. I miss cuddling an infant, the cuteness of a toddler…I miss their smallness.
Sister: I think that too. (Thoughtful pause.) But, I also think that someday I will look back and miss the age my kids are at right now. I think: I’m going to miss playing catch with my 8-year-old, even in just a few years. Or watch my younger girls play dress up just down the road, even a short while. It makes me want to be more fully present in the right now.
(This is why my sister scored higher on the ACT score than me.)
Someday I will miss watching my kids run through the sprinklers, take over the street with the neighborhood kids, ride bikes with their swords tucked into the back of their shirts, and carefully construct Legos as if they are performing heart surgery.
This summer, my biggest goal is to enjoy the now. Snapping lots of family photos until I get some great ones.
I want to no wish for the past, long for the future, but enjoy the little moments that make the present so sweet.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.