Lack of sleep. No privacy. Less freedom to do what you want. Those are the top answers most people will come up with if you were to ask them what’s the hardest part about being a parent (don’t get me wrong, all of that sucks sometimes too!)… but the #1 answer all parents can agree on is one that doesn’t get mentioned too often.
The toughest part about parenting? How quickly time passes by.
Hands down. Without a shadow of a doubt. That’s the correct answer.
I read an article the other day about how we only get 18 summers with our children & to make the most of each one of them. Y’all… that hit this mama HARD. 18 isn’t a large number. And it hurts even worse to realize it because it’s sooo true! We have 18 summers for vacations, for swimming, , for no alarm clocks, for sleeping in late, for staying up even later. 18 summers for meals replaced with ice cream, wearing swim suits every day, wet footprints tracking all over the house, chalk covering the driveway which will then progress to their future friends cars blocking you in the driveway (and I can’t even rap my mind around that concept right now).
Witnessing your children grow up before your eyes is a beautiful experience. Seeing them learn new things & develop their own little personalities is priceless. And so is time (and it goes by so stinking fast!).
Cherish these moments, mama! Let the house be messy for a few extra hours, days, or weeks (we won’t push it any further than that, because we all know that could get disastrous lol). Those messes are memories! Let the kids eat a few extra popsicles, those popsicles are contributing to some cute, sticky, little handprints all over the place (it’s okay, it will wash off)! Let that laundry pile up a little bit more (it’s never-ending anyways). Plan that family vacation you have been debating for so long.
And if you’re one of those mamas that’s already running around taking your kiddos all over the world for different summer activities, it’s okay to slow down. It’s okay to have those lazy days in your pajamas. It’s okay to take things down a notch every now & then & truly enjoy the scenery. Don’t feel guilty for being lazy every once in a while, you deserve it!
Enjoy that house full of laughter. Enjoy those long road trips that may or may not make you want to pull your own hair out. Enjoy the chaos. ENJOY THIS TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY.
Be silly. Be messy. Be adventurous. Be the parent you know you want to be!