Growing Children: Appreciate the Time You Have

Reading anything about children growing up and leaving home just makes me emotional. A post I read this morning, Learning To Let Go,” did exactly that. I mean, don’t we all feel this way? Don’t we all get teary-eyed imagining how our little babies could grow up one day and want a life away from us? Stumbling onto posts like these take my mind off all the things that make parenting little children stressful and exhausting, and make me turn to how much of a blessing it is to still have a lot of years ahead of me before any of them have to go away. Appreciate the time that you have with your children now!

Let me share with you one of my favorite parenting quotes by Alice E. Chase:

To My Grown-Up Child

My hands were busy through the day;
I didn’t have much time to play
The little games you asked me to.
I didn’t have much time for you.

I’d wash your clothes, I’d sew and cook,
But when you’d bring your picture book
And ask me please to share your fun
I’d say: “A little later, son.”

I’d tuck you in all safe at night
and hear your prayers, turn out the lights,
Then tip toe softly to the door…
I wish I’d stayed a minute more.

For life is short, the years rush past…
A little boy grows up so fast.
No longer is he at your side
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no longer games to play,
No good-night kiss,
No prayers to hear…
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands, once busy, now are still,
The days are long and hard to fill,
I wish I could go back and do
The little things you asked me to.

-Alice E. Chase