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

I recently began reflecting on the things I’ll miss my kids for when they’re big. There are so many!

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.


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.

I will miss my kids

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

Katy Clark
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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