Slowing it down

Trying to be mindful and patient in this fast-paced parenting world

Slowing it down

I have a nasty habit of wishing my kids childhoods away. Wanting this phase or that behavior to pass so I don’t have to endure it any longer. Sleeping through the night, potty training, tantrums, etc…if they were only just a little bit older then everything will be OK. There is plenty to love about them right now but sometimes the bad stuff is what overwhelms my outlook. I’ve been making a conscience effort to focus on the positive little-boy-isms and realize that the yuck comes with the awesome.

Some things I’ll miss when my kids get older:

1. Stripped footie pajamas. The cutest kids-wear ever invented.
2. The residual scent of baby shampoo in their hair.
3. Lisps (well, hopefully they’ll grow out of these!)
4. Hugs and kisses and “I love yous”
5. Wanting to be in the same room with me rather then off in their shut-door bedroom with their headphones on listening to music I hate while playing some game on their iPod that I don’t understand.

What will you miss when your kids get bigger? What do you treasure about them right now?

(This post originally appeared on Jen’s blog, Mama Sketch. Read Jen’s bio.)

Jen Conlon

I am a Connecticut-living, 41-year-old stay-at-home mom to two boys, F (’09) and M (’10). They are the cutest, funniest, smartest kids I know. Good thing too since they have also propelled me into the most difficult thing I know, parenting…read more

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I am a Connecticut-living, 41-year-old stay-at-home mom to two boys, F (’09) and M (’10). They are the cutest, funniest, smartest kids I know. Good thing too since they have also propelled me into the most difficult thing I know, parenting...read more More Posts

5 Comments to “Slowing it down”

  1. I’m close to #5 and not liking it ONE bit! :(

  2. ill defiantly miss the way they look at the world at this age….so much innocence!

  3. One of the things that fills my heart with joy every day is the way my daughter (’07) runs up to me when I get home from work, yelling ‘Mummmmmyyy’ and grabs me in a big hug. Totally spontaneous, no string attached, just perfect. I revel in it and cherish it, for there will come a time when she won’t do that anymore….(sob)

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