Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I am apparently more attached to my kids being little than I thought. Just this past year my oldest turned 20. My second born turned 18. My third turned 14 and is in summer school to do a retest on the CRCT to go to 9th grade. My youngest just turned 13 and is headed to the 8th grade. They have all had so many changes that it saddens me yet also makes me happy.

I know that children are a blessing from God. He allows us to raise them and guide them as best we can before they journey on. However, letting go and letting them be the individuals they are is very hard. I want to always protect them but I know that they need to learn on their own.

I have noticed that a lot of what I have tried to instill in them has stuck. Many times I have heard or watched them do the right thing, especially when it comes to younger children around them. They were making sure the little ones were eating dinner before they ate dessert.

All of my children, even some that aren't mine, make sure to keep an eye on food portions. They all get out and play more and just seem to be happier with these changes. We have a pool, waiting on the rain to quit enough so we can get in it. They all seem to be more into keeping up good hygiene without me telling them.

I am so proud of all of them. It saddens me though because they are getting old enough to not need me so much. Yes, I know they will always need me but now it will be on a different level.

Ok, enough rambling. I love my children and am so proud of all of them.

Hugs all,

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    My children have been adults for awhile now, and I am so blessed to have a good relationship with them. It is rewarding to observe them putting into practice as adults the values we tried to teach them as they were growing up. And the grandchildren are amazing blessings.
    2169 days ago
    They will always be your babies, no matter how old they get. Sure, they won't need you as much which can be sad, but that also means they won't need as much of your time, effort, and energy which means you can find other uses for those. They will always need their mom for something. They may have kids of their own one day and be calling to ask for your advice or for free babysitting. There will be breakups and makeups, failures and successes, and so many experiences that they will share with you. In the meantime, you get to use some of that new found time, effort, and energy on yourself and your journey to a healthier life. You might even find a tv show to enjoy that you might not have wanted to risk them seeing when they were younger, or take up a new hobby that you've always wanted to try. Heck, you might even ask your kids to chip in a little extra now and again to give you an extra hour just for yourself.

    As your kids grow and change, you also get to grow and change. Take some time to grieve the loss of your little kids, then celebrate their growing up. Don't feel bad because you are sometimes nostalgic for the days when they needed you for everything. Though the next time you want to take an evening for yourself, be glad that you can trust them to be okay without your constant supervision for a little while.
    2169 days ago
    They will always be your children -- no matter what their age and you will reap the joy of knowing them as adults. It is difficult letting them go, but they will likely return with grandchildren which is a whole other wonderful blessing in life!

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