A day with a young child can sometimes feel like it’s filled with nothing more than challenges such as testing limits, whining, or pouting. It can make for a very long and stressful day.
I often have to remind myself of the following quote…”The days are long but the years are short.”
It is so true.
The challenges of one stage of a child’s development can make you so weary at the time that you can’t wait for the child to move past that stage.
If she would only sleep through the night….
Why does she still drag that old tattered blanket around everywhere she goes? I can’t wait until she finally grows out of this stage.
I wish she would just figure out how to use the potty by herself….
Of course, these stages are relatively short lived and soon becomes a memory as children learn and become more independent by mastering new things in the world around them.
While I may find some relief in having survived a particular stage in my children’s development, I more often find myself longing for those sweet days again when my children were so little. I feel a little sadness that she really did stop needing me to rock her back to sleep in the middle of the night. Had I known that she was growing out of that stage and would no longer need that extra cuddle time to get back to sleep, I would have held on to those moments a little longer.
I have learned to cherish each stage for all the little blessings it brings for I now realize that in the blink of an eye they will only be sweet memories.
Motherhood is a remarkable gift to be cherished and embraced and I will continue to savor each and every day of it.