Today I have two awesome friends over from The Dose Of Reality to share a post that we moms can all relate to! These girls are always so much fun to read and you surely will leave their blog feeling warm and giggly all over. I dream of someday hitting up a Starbucks with them, but until then I will just soak in their friendship through their words. If you haven’t been over to their place, you simply must stop by. They will immediately win you over!!
Let Them Be Little…
Cliches are true for a reason and song lyrics like “Let them be little because they are only that way for a while” make moms everywhere well up when they really listen to them.
Kids grow up. They do. No matter how much we wish we could slow it down and savor all the little moments, the time just keeps passing. You might find yourself on your 16th game of Candyland in a row with your five year-old, but before you know it, you will blink and your baby is heading off to high school.
Remember as a kid how the time would just creep by? How it would seem like a year between Thanksgiving and that beloved Christmas morning? And now as a mom you feel like the second the calendar flips past Labor Day you are already behind on the holiday shopping. Only because you have learned that the fall is one big blur of back-to-school events and birthday parties and then suddenly it is December, and you don’t even have a Christmas card ready.
We talk a lot about how we wish we were more present in the moments with our children. We say all the time that we know at our core the time is flying by and yet we still find ourselves completely distracted and only barely half-listening to their stories. And yet at the end of the day, we believe (we hope), we pray that our children know how much they are loved.
One of the things we have been talking about recently is making sure that we make our time in the summer count. We started that a bit last summer, and it was really successful. Both for us as mothers and for our children. March seems so early to be planning for July, but as we have learned: we will blink, and it will be the last day of school.
Because honestly, just between us, time for mothers actually does seem to slow down in the summer. Like sometimes you find yourself looking at the clock at 8:54 a.m. on June 12th, and you look up an hour later to find that it is only 8:56 a.m. Children are often fighting within one minute of finishing breakfast. Your house is in a constant state of disrepair, and you live for bedtime and the idea that someday they will go back to school. You don’t want to feel that way, because while the summer days may be long, you know in your heart the years are short.
Sometimes it is as simple as a trip to the movies to brighten everyone’s attitudes. Other times, you may have to venture further outside your comfort zone and head off to the zoo. No matter what, though, make the time count. Make summer the time you reconnect. Smile more. Stress less. Play and craft and swim. Eat Popsicles for no reason. Stay in jammies all day baking cupcakes. Whatever you do, make memories.
Because those last forever.