My kids are transforming right before my eyes. Although every stage and phase of motherhood is profound, I’m caught in the throes of transformation with both my kids that sometimes leaves me breathless. This spring, my son will be graduating grade school and moving on to middle school. My daughter will be graduating middle school and moving on to high school. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this reality. And yet, the evidence is clear-
They are changing at an alarming rate.
The way my son stands with his hands in his pockets and has a slight swagger to his walk. The way he uses intricate detail in his stories and responds to my questions with a new level of clarity and confidence. They way he can reach my face and look me in the eyes when we hug. I notice every detail in the shaping and shifting of this little boy, and I try to grasp each moment that unfolds with every change .
I am struck by the magnitude of this season in parenting.
My girl is changing even faster than my boy. She has suddenly began to appear as an independent, confident, unique individual who needs me less and less. The tone in her voice has shifted, along with her facial expressions and her dialogue. She’s more concerned about her friends and her appearance than ever before, which both surprises me and pleases me- that seems right on the mark, right? She isn’t into make up or accessories, but rather more about cute clothes that fit well and getting her hair in a messy bun just right. She still asks me how she looks and I am still brutally honest on those days the outfit just doesn’t work. I’m grateful she still listens and respects my opinion. I hear this may not last. I’m slowly becoming uncool and embarrassing. Just yesterday she looked at my outfit and said “Wow mom. That’s nice and bright.” She’s gotten really good at sarcasm too. But I appreciate her honesty- our family is built on that. (I’ll never wear that outfit again.)
I recently had an eye opening moment with my girl, that inspired me to write about this transition and I’d love for you to click HERE to read it. It’s one of my favorites, really. Definitely one to add to her overstuffed, under-organized scrapbook. If you enjoyed it, please like and share it on FB for others to read.
I appreciate you walking through this season of motherhood with me.