10 Things I’ll Miss About My Kids’ Little Years (and 10 Things I Definitely Won’t!)

Every season of parenting has its high points, but there are some things about them being littles that we’ll always want back.

I usually make fun of myself on this blog. I point out how inane things like my son talking about his butt, or my daughter loving the Disney princesses, reflect back on me as a bad mom. I mean, really, butt talk is NOT classy nor are the princesses the healthiest role models.

My husband says I have a complex. He’s probably right. So I’m going rogue today by talking about something that doesn’t make me feel like a bad mom. Rather, it makes me feel like the halfway mom.

Let me explain.

Recently, I was driving to work listening to a local morning radio show. “Where will you be in 10 years?” asked the DJ.

“Well, that will be 2022,” thought one of the other DJs.

2022?

Holy cow, my son will be 18 and a freshman in college in 2022.

He’s 8 ½ now. In third grade. He still misses most of his face when he uses a napkin. Sometimes, he still pees all over the floor. (REALLY?!) But he’s nearly halfway to college, which means I’m almost halfway done raising him.

(I guess there’s always a chance that he’ll live at home until he’s 35 …)

Still, who he is at age 8 is worlds away from who he was as a baby, toddler and preschooler. And my daughter just turned 5. Five! She’s going to kindergarten in the fall. I’ll be the mom of two school-age children then.

How did THAT happen?

At this momentous time in my life, halfway toward raising my son before he leaves for college, I feel the need to look back on the early years from infancy to preschool.

Here are the Top 10 Things I WON’T miss about those early years:

1. Diapers

2. Ear infections

3. Temper tantrums

4. Choking hazards

5. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po

6. Trips to the Emergency Room for super high fevers, something called Nurse’s Elbow and assorted Hot Wheels parts stuck up the nose

7. Having a step-stool in the bathroom so they can reach the sink. That step-stool made me trip at least 63 times a day!

8. Noses and butts that don’t wipe themselves

9. That it took 20 minutes to walk 1/2 a block

10. That the whole world and every single minute of every single day revolved around mama

And, to be fair, there are things I will miss about the infancy, toddler and preschool years.

Here are the Top 10 things I WILL miss about the early years:

1. Naps (Hey, I’m an honest blogger!)

2. 8:00 bedtime

3. Sitting– and fitting–on my lap

4. Fuzzy, footed pajamas on a fresh-washed kid

5. Cute character dinnerware

6. Stopping to admire puppies, kitties and big kids

7. No need for haircuts

8. Never having to say, “Because you have school tomorrow!”

9. That it took 20 minutes to walk 1/2 a block

10. That the whole world and every single minute of every single day revolved around mama

What about you? Whatever age your kids may be, what is it that you WILL or WON’T miss as they get older?

And, hey—don’t make me feel like a bad mom for saying I miss naps!

Katy Clark
Katy M. Clark is the author of the humor blog The Experienced Bad Mom. Katy was first called an “Experienced” bad mom after realizing that everything she’d done wrong with her first child, she was doing wrong with her second child as well! She embraces her imperfections as a mother, shares them with a light-hearted touch on her blog, and invites her readers to laugh with her. You can find more of Katy at her Facebook page or on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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