Nichole Nordeman recently released a video called Slow Down summarizing the notion to hold onto your babies while they are still little. I do like the video, it’s cute and true for so many people, but not necessarily for me.
Maybe it’s because I’m not that sentimental but I find myself in this, “should I be sad?” pickle. I hear parents all over say things like, “Enjoy it, you’ll miss this someday,” and the like but when I hear these comments all I can honestly think is, “Maybe, but I’m ok with that.”
I find that I do love these stages of them being little. I also absolutely adore them growing bigger and being more independent. I love that we are finally at a stage where they can walk without me carrying them. I don’t need a diaper bag everywhere I go. I don’t even need a change of clothes for them anymore. I love that they no longer take naps (most days) and we can take trips after school. I love that I don’t have to deal with blow-outs and snotty noses – they can wipe their butts and their noses by themselves!
I love that they are actually helpful when they “help”. I enjoy reading fuller, deeper books with them. I enjoy teaching them number lines and get them excited about building volcanoes & learning about the universe. I enjoy that role play dragons & pirates & princesses for hours so I’m not the one that has to entertain them.
I love that they want to do things by themselves.
Does this make me a bad mom?
No, I don’t think it does. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a parent is that parents come in all varieties and flavors. Some adore and absolutely love the baby stage. Some love older kids who can think on their own and understand reason as they are trained to problem solve.
This is an article that I wrote about being a mom who lives for today with a vision for the future for Satisfaction Through Christ – in fact, it’s my last article I wrote for STC for the time being. I’d love for you to follow along with the rest of the post by reading the rest of it over there.