Friday, September 7, 2018
Let's all be silly together!
I love this age range that they are in. My oldest is 7 years old, and my youngest is 4 years old. Though they are different in many ways, they are also so alike. But they are both at ages where they still like us and enjoy our presence. They don't ask us to leave them alone, or tell us that we are annoying. They want us around all the time, and they find comfort and happiness with us. To even think about the simple fact that this will change sooner than I know really saddens me, but I know it just comes with growth and its normal. But the constant reminder of it is what pushes me to be more present than ever now, rather than later when it's too late. I want to fully embrace this time with them, so even if I am exhausted from lack of sleep, I wake them up with a smile and some silly voices along with some cuddles. Even after a long day at work, I pick them up and remember to acknowledge how awesome they did all day at school and tell them I am the proudest mom in the world. When I am bathing them, and they are splashing water all over the floor for the 10th time, I take a breather and remind myself that this will soon come to an end too, and I need to soak it all in, literally with my clothes drenched in soapy water I grab a bucket and join them in the water play. When I put them down for bed, and they ask me to lay with them, I cuddle up and make up a funny story about a talking marshmallow that saves the world from flying zombies. I want to be their escape from the hard stuff, their laughter after the long day at school. They are still so little, and the way they conquer the world so fearlessly and adjust daily to new beginnings really is something extraordinary. Embracing the now is something that can be harder on tough days, long days, stressful days, but its the most important thing you can do with your children. It's something I remind myself daily to do. So go and be silly, and act like a child with them because you never know when they won't enjoy it any longer.