Time moves in a blur when you have children. One minute they're
taking faltering steps across your kitchen floor, the next they're rolling
their eyes at you in precocious teen-like gestures. Perhaps it always feels
like our children are growing up too fast, but when my 7-year-old used air
quotes accurately while we debated whether something was a Frisbee or a flying
disc, a little piece of my heart squeezed so hard I couldn't catch my breath.
charming and challenging when our littles grow up, and yet, isn't that the
ultimate goal of parenthood? These moms weigh in on some signs that hit us
straight in the heart when our babies grow up too fast:
1. "When my 22-month-old doesn't want to be snuggled
before bed, he pushes me away and says 'done.' Sigh."
— Sarah Netter
2. "My then 8-year-old asked on the way to school one
morning, 'Mom, why IS love a battlefield?'"
— Amanda L. Baker
3. "My 3-year-old asked for an iPad for her birthday."
— Chantal Panozzo
4. "When my 5-year-old said, 'I'm going to be a lesbian
and adopt babies. Having your own babies is too much work.'"
— Kathryn Howes
5. "My 6-year-old lied to a police officer about his
address because he didn't want to go to jail."
— Carrie Spanagel
6. "When my 5-year-old daughter suggested I just say 'obvi'
because 'when you say 'obviously' it makes the day so much longer.' I
said, 'It's OK, I'm not in a rush.'"
— Rachel Blair Perrone
7. "When my twins were 3 (they are 4 now), my
daughter said she was too scared to sleep in her bed on her own because she was
scared of the dark, and my son said to her, 'But the dark helps us find the
light.' His comment actually slowed time down for me because I realized how
quickly I make our moments move. When he said that, I knew I needed to slow
things down and begin to really hear my kids."
— Danielle Starkey
8. "My then-7-year-old (now 11) as we discussed her
going to Hebrew School: 'I've thought it through. God is a fairy tale. I
believe in science.' Umm, okaaayyy. Can we still light some candles on Shabbat
though!?! Hilarious to me. Distressing for grandparents."
— Esther Potter
9. "When my (then) 4-year-old daughter explained
anaphylactic shock to the grocery store clerk and corrected his pronunciation
of the word. When my 3-year-old son started contributing to family
discussions with sentences starting with 'Actually ... '"
10. "My daughter (3 and 3/4) is playing 'packing
for pre-school.' Don't mind your old mother sobbing in the living room, just
carry on filling your backpack with scotch tape, dental floss and porcelain