Growing Up

By Melody Kraemer

We all have heard the phrase, “growing up is hard to do.” But what is even more challenging is watching your kids grow up. They get a little older daily, and you aren’t needed in their lives as much. They reached that Preteen age where yesterday you were “mommy”; today you are “mom.”

What happened to the bright-eyed kids excited to go outside and play? When did they get so big that a kiss goodbye at drop off school is a no-no? Now it’s screen time, video games, and friends.? When it used to be, I’ll miss you, mommy, along with the biggest hug.

Yes, watching babies grow up and move on is heartbreaking, but as a parent, we do our best to raise our children to be good humans out in the world while trying to protect them from the evil around them. All we can do is love our children unconditionally, just as Christ loves us.

As a mom of six, I have four that have flown the coop, and I am so proud of them. I take great pride in who they are. Watching them grow was hard, but letting go was the hardest. My two youngest, who is autistic, will be home for a while, though watching them grow, get bigger, and want to be independent is hard. Hug your babies, cuddle, hold them, and carry them, because one day will be the last time they will be held in your arms or on your shoulders. And before you know it, you will be mom/dad or even Bruh. Every day I’m thankful I still get called mommy here and there.

Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

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