Kids aren’t the only ones who go have growing pains. Parent’s go through growing pains as well.
Parent’s growing pains are different than our kids growing pains. Our legs don’t ache and our arms don’t ache (Well they do, but not from growing pains, but from aging). We can’t put an icepack on it and take some Tylenol to ease the pain.
Our growing pains are quite different. Unlike our babies, our growing pains reside in our hearts.
We watch our kids grow and we cherish every moment. Even though we love to see them grow, it still hurts. They grow so fast. One day they are clinging to your leg, and the next they are independent. They are walking into school by themselves and they want to play with their friends instead of you.
One minute you’re the young mom with a toddler and a baby trying to get the shopping done and the house clean and you’re about to pull your hair out.
Then, your oldest is in pre-k and you have your youngest pitter pattering beside you everywhere you go.
Before you know it, both of your babes are in school. One is in 4th grade, one year away from going to Middle School. The youngest is in 1st grade, one year away from going to Elementary School.
Then, you’re left wondering “Where did the time go?” It went by so fast. One minute seems like it will last a life time, then before you know it, you’re no longer the young mom. You’ve slowly but quickly became the somewhat experienced mom that knows all the ups and downs of the school.
You’re no longer the mom worried about her pre-k child, because your child has been in school long enough and is extremely comfortable in school. You no longer have to worry about if your child is scared, nervous, or crying because they miss you. Instead, they are excited to leave your side because they are becoming independent.
I use to be the young mom, not too long ago. Now I’m going through growing pains as I watch the new young moms.
I remember when that was me and believe it or not, I miss it. I miss the crazy outings, the rough school mornings, and the craziness of it all. I MISS IT.
I love the ages my babes are at now because yes, they are more independent. It’s easier for us to do more things together and have family fun. The melt downs aren’t near as frequent and I don’t have to worry about the diaper bags, strollers, change of clothes, etc. Going to stores is much easier because the kids listen and do what they are told. But, I still ache over the younger ages.
I was told by ones more seasoned than I not to take the time for granted. I agreed and honestly thought I didn’t. But as I said, before I knew it, the time was gone and we are on to our next season leaving the last season as a memory.
Growing pains don’t just happen to kids, they happen to mommy’s and daddy’s as well. Though they are bitter sweet, they still hurt like heck.