Here we go again… yet another reminder that time flies and your kids grow up so fast. I didn’t realize it until after the fact.
My oldest turned 11 a few months ago and asked if I would have lunch with her at school. I told her I didn’t know because of my work schedule, but I would try to make it. It wasn’t until we finally had our lunch that I realized it may be one of our last. After all, she’ll be in middle school next year, and she may not want to have lunch with her mom then.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of “oofs” and “OMG mom” when I have conversations with my pre-teens because I’m not in the loop about a lot of things or I embarrass them.
When did this happen?
I feel like I’m pretty social media savvy and stay up to date with current trends. Like, I knew that TikToc used to be Musically. I’m a Swifie and have been since Taylor Swift was up and coming. I saw Taylor when no one knew who she was! But then, all of a sudden, I get a curve ball thrown at me that I wasn’t expecting (hello VSCO girls?!?!?!).
Where did the little kids go?
My youngest is four so I’m reminded of that phase where they think moms are the greatest and want you and your attention all the time. But my nine and 11 year old prefer going to their friend’s house on the weekends and hanging out or playing on the computer after school. Lately, I’ve been feeling more like their personal Uber driver taking them places. Don’t get me wrong. I love that they are independent, have activities that they love and friends that they want to hang out with.
Luckily, they still want to do fun stuff with me like festivals and other things around the city, but it does sting to know that they are growing up so fast and don’t need me as much anymore.
So as more a reminder to myself that I’m sharing with you, enjoy this season with your kids because the years go by so fast no matter what phase of childhood they are in. Each and every year is different and special in its own way.