It seems like every time I scroll through my newsfeed, one of my friends has shared a heart-wrenching article on some variation of how fast our kids are growing up:
“you never know when the last bedtime story will be”
“only 940 weekends until they graduate”
“don’t blink, because it will ALL be over”
“everything changes after preschool”
And yes, I click every. single. one.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with these posts. Heck, I’ve probably written something similar on here at some point. They’re sweet, they make me sentimental, and I often want to rush into my girls’ bedrooms just to stare at them for five more minutes.
But you know what else they are? Paralyzing.
It’s hard to prioritize anything else in life when as parents, we’re being bombarded with the message that it’s “all going to be over in an instant” and “there will never be enough time.” Because while it may be true that childhood is fleeting, so are many other things in life.
You can blink and realize you haven’t showered in a week.
You can blink and realize you don’t remember the last time you had a real conversation with your husband.
You can blink and realize your friends don’t call anymore because you stopped answering.
You can blink and realize you haven’t had a creative thought in months.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m working on letting my kids be the center of my world without being my whole world. There will always be a “last” no matter how hard you try to savor it. So yes, make these moments with your kids truly count, but realize there’s no way to make EVERY moment count.
Agree? Disagree? Have you ever felt this way?