The daze seems long, but it will pass all too quickly.
The days really will go faster than you think. The little old lady in the grocery store is not wrong.
And life is really hard sometimes. That makes you wish time to go faster, for potties to be trained, and noses to wipe themselves. It’s true that some days really suck and to be told to enjoy it can be annoying.
In that moment when those two truths collide,
think about ten years from now and the relationship you want with your child. Suck it up for the sake of that person you will be and that person he will be.
What we do now isn’t just about now. It’s about tomorrow.
- Take a breath and use a quiet voice.
- Put down the phone and read another story.
- Go for a walk or play at the park — even though you’d rather not.
- Drink this cup of parenting dry.
Your kids will always need you. In fact, Cathy is right, they will need you more, not less, as they age. I am seeing that in my teens now.
That may be why I pine for the toddler years! I could fix things with a cookie and a nap. It’s not so easy nowadays!
And I guess that means, it’s not too late for me to enjoy the daze we’re in right now.