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Kids Really Do Grow up Fast!

Make sure you remember to cherish the present

by Jennifer Tankersley  |  1978 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

When my oldest child was born, just over 6 years ago, everywhere I went I could count on one thing: People would look at us, smile, and say, “They grow up so fast.” I knew it was true and tried my best to remind myself each time I heard it that I needed to cherish every day I had with my little one.

Along came two more children and, with each baby, those words grew more hollow in my ears. “I know they grow up!” I wanted to shout. “I can’t wait until they grow up!” Being a busy mom of three young children, I was becoming eager for the time when they would be independent. I longed for the day when I didn't have to dress one child from head to toe while struggling to zip another child’s coat while putting shoes on the third.

Last fall, we were walking home from the bus stop and the kids were all running down our country lane. It was one of my favorite times of the day, when everyone is happy to be reunited again. My two preschoolers

are so glad to see their 6-year-old sister, and she is happy to have uninterrupted playtime. On that particular day, I was struck by that phrase, which I still manage to hear now and again: “They grow up so fast!”

I watched my daughter, who is such a little lady at times, skipping from bush to bush, picking “flowers” and enjoying being herself and free from the rigidity of school. I wanted to grab her up and tell her that she must not leave this moment – this perfect moment of childhood.

It is a rare gift to be able to see a life grow from birth and know that the present is what matters most. I know my children are growing up fast, but I resolve to cherish these bustling years that are moving us forward

to a day when they will no long rely upon me. I am fully aware that I, too, will one day look at a family with young children and remember back to a time when the best years of my life were the ones that went by much too fast.

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Jennifer Tankersley is the creator of where you can find over 300 lists and planning pages including cleaning schedules, daily to do lists, grocery lists, and holiday/party planning to put your world in order.

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2 comments so far...

  • I can so relate to this article. I have two young children and some days all I can think of is how I can't wait until they are old enough to do more for themselves. Then I'll have a day similar to the one you described and realize that I don't want them to grow up too fast and that I need to truly cherish this time while they are young.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mel on 5th February 2008

  • Great article! I realized how true it was when I had to help my daughter plan her high school schedule. I realized that it was just a matter of time before she moved out and went on to college and the rest of her life. In some ways, I'm really looking forward to that but in other ways it just snuck up on me.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by April Mims, Career Coach on 17th January 2008