Moms, Don’t Miss THIS Stage Trying To Get To Next…

I sometimes look at other moms whose children are in school all day and think how lovely it will be when I get to run errands ALONE.

Or when I am at Target, dragging 3 littles from their car seats, I think of how grand it will be when they can get themselves in and out of the car on their own.

I am guilty, and assume many of you are too, of thinking the next stage will be easier because I will not be carrying the burden of the current stage.

How many times have you told yourself, “It will be so much easier when we are out of diapers/cribs/car seats/etc.?”image4

OR

“I am really looking forward to the day when my kids can brush their own teeth and wipe their own butts.”

OR

“At what point do babies sleep through the night and start bathing themselves?”

This issue of looking forward to the next stage, step, or season is as true in motherhood as it is in life, but for today I want to focus on you… moms.

Since I am the mom of a tween and a toddler, I can tell you some things…

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2 thoughts on “Moms, Don’t Miss THIS Stage Trying To Get To Next…

  1. I feel the same way! Don’t miss this stage trying to hurry on to the next. I loved all the stages. It felt good when you were out of one (like diapers, baby food, potty training, etc). But now that I’m the parent of two adult children (ages 23 and 21), I find those younger stages were oh so much easier. Being the parent of an adult child is the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. When they were younger, at least I had ‘some’ control over them. Now, it’s just a free for all. Don’t get me wrong, my kids are great! But I worry about them so much more now than I did when they were little. I don’t see them every day. I have no idea what’s really going on in their lives. There’s no control at all. Which is as it should be. But I worry. Worry that they are being treated well at their jobs. Worry that their boyfriend/girlfriend is who they are supposed to be with. Worry that they are eating right. Getting enough sleep. Living life right – not breaking laws and faithfully living according to God’s will. So many other things. I pray. A lot! It just all feels out of control.

    So, you mommas out there of littles, enjoy all those tiny inconveniences in your life that your children cause. Cause one day, they’ll be gone. And you’ll be wishing they were under your feet once more, just so you’ll know they are safe.

    Parenting adult children is tough. 🙂

    • You are so right about this! The worry seems so much greater when they are grown. I have 2 adult children 25 and 23 and one who will be 18 in October…that scares the heck out of me. How can they have grown so fast? Being a control freak I hate that I have no say in their lives anymore other than my opinion. Trace Adkins has the most beautiful song about this, You’re Gonna Miss This. Cherish those younger years, even though they are a struggle at times, they are the most wonderful years. And by the way, when you have grandchildren it dosen’t get any easier, you woryy about them as much as your own children, if not more because you really don’t have a say in their upbringing…well you can try but then you are just the noisy grandma. If you are lucky enough to have God bless you with children…enjoy every moment because you truly will miss it when they are grown.