Monday, August 26, 2013
Well in exactly one week, I leave my son at University and come home to a house with only three people in it, one of which will miss dinner three nights per week because of dance!
The one thing I know for sure is that we have always been a family that eats dinner together! Often in the last few years the TV has been on because we have a couple shows that we like to watch together and many days this is the only time we are all together.
But a minimum of three nights per week it will just be my husband and I! I am a little worried, we have spent a lot of time together this summer because the kids have their own lives without us...and many days reconnecting has been difficult! We haven't been a couple who did date night etc. we honestly really enjoyed our kids, never really wanted to do stuff without them, honestly wondered why any parent would want to vacation without their kids! They bring the magic into every place we go!
Neither of my kids have any weight issues. They both eat till they are full, but no more. They don't really care about junk food, it was never off limits, but not really in the house much either. I have never "dieted" that they are aware of and always told them that they had to do one thing that was "good for their hearts" regularly. My daughter dances about 15 hours per week or more, my son has played soccer and ball hockey most of his life. This summer both my kids worked out on their own regularly. My son LOVES the gym and running and is planning to join when he hits University. I do wonder how the food choices will affect his body and the fact that the two friends he is going with love to eat! I think youth and vanity will help for a while at least!
I look at the two amazing people we raised with wonder. Did all that reading when they were small really help them be so smart? Did dining together each night make them the social young people they are? Did my high expectations really make them try harder in school? Did our constant praise really give them confidence? Did we do enough? Did we do too much and now my son is going to struggle on his own?
One thing for sure...they know how much they are loved!
I am going to miss my "sunshine"!