Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Growing Up Too Fast!

As parents, we know its our job to raise successfully independent children.  We want them to be self-sufficient, and not always rely on us to do things for them.

As babies, we wait on them hand and foot, doing everything for them, and then one day, they surprise us by rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, talking, those special milestones!

And then...one day, we realize, that all that hard work of raising our children pays off and they really are growing up!  The emotions associated with these milestones are so contrasting!

My son, who just turned 6 now wants to go to the bathroom at restaurants on his own, make his own breakfast, build his own lego, and now dresses and undresses himself at hockey.  While I am so happy for him, there is a very large, not small part of me that is very sad.  Sad with the realization that every day my little ones are growing, becoming more independent, not needing Mommy or Daddy to help them.

Aiden unlacing skates himself for the first time.

These little milestones are a stark reminder for me, that one day, a lot sooner than I would like, my babies will require less and less of my help, and will venture out on their own :(

Maybe I'll enjoy those rare occasions where they ask me to zipper their coats or help them get dressed (even though I know they are more than capable on their own), because very soon, I know those days too will come to an end.

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  1. This is exactly how I feel...My eight year old son Max is becoming more and more independent by day. Yesterday he prepared himself a cheese sandwich on his own. He did not even bother to ask me. I did ask him why he did not ask me and his repoly was "mommy I am big I can do things on my own now" I cannot believe it, lol
    I saw you on bloggy moms hope we can connect.
    My blog is http://momsworldbloggy.blogspot.com/

  2. Boys are relentless! Such little "men," and yet as Mommas, we want to just keep them safe! I loved this post, keep writing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I wholeheartedly encourage their independence like most moms. But I also don't mind seeing them grow up and do stuff for themselves. I like watching them grow, but I do not miss the days of hands on at all.
    Visiting from the blog dare, Jill

  4. Love this post! My oldest is 10 and I look at my two younger ones and realize she was just that age a short while ago and now I see how independent she is becoming. It makes you feel good and sad all at the same time.

  5. I'm feeling like this with all my babies! Ready but NOT ready for them to grow up! I would love for you to come link up this post to the Mommy-Brain Mixer, which is happening right now! http://two-in-diapers.blogspot.com/2012/08/mommy-brain-mixer-3.html. Hope to see you there! :)