I remember when I had four kids under 5 years old, and I was exhausted and stretched to my very limits, when people would tell me ‘it’s just phase’ and ‘they grow so fast’ and I wanted to punch all of them. It’s hard, as parents, to often be able to really live in the moment with our kids because it is hard and we do get tired and it is physically and mentally exhausting to parent a house full of little people.
This one video is a great reminder of how fast our kids really do grow up and if we don’t force ourselves to enjoy those moments, we might never get them back. Now that my oldest is 13 and my youngest is 8 and life is so much easier, it’s hard to remember that frantic mom I was, once upon a time. I’m still frantic but these days I panic about getting the right kid to hockey practice or figures skating, or making sure homework is completed and rooms tidied.
This video reminded me a lot of my own daughter, who is now 13 and changing and becoming way more independant and starting to forge her own path for the future. I’m not sad that she’s growing up, because I’m so excited to see the person she’s becoming, but sometimes I do wish we stopped to enjoy things more when she was little.