If you’re a mom dealing with a colicky baby or a toddler who just hit the terrible twos, and you have a desire to pursue your purpose and achieve big goals, you’ve likely wondered many times, “will parenting ever get any easier?”
And you know what, the answer is yes!
Just think about it, you’ve never heard of a colicky ten-year-old. And as for the terrible twos…that doesn’t last forever either. There’s no 14-year old’s throwing their toys and then throwing themselves down into a full-blown tantrum in the grocery store. At least I hope not!
So you decide that, it makes sense to hold off on pursuing the goals and dreams you desire to pursue. Because in just a few years, this parenting gig will be so much easier, and that’s when you’ll be able to focus more on all that you desire to accomplish.
But what if I were to tell you that even though it gets easier, it never gets more convenient.
Yes, the stages of parenting may get easier. But every stage will require a lot of you.
The Baby Stage
Babies are very needy; and rightfully so! They’re new to this world. They require help with feedings, changings, getting to sleep, moving, and so on. It’s a lot of work for a mom, because honestly, there’s not too much a baby can do without you.
The Toddler Stage
This stage is often full of growth and many firsts. In that respect it can be a very fun and exciting stage. But it’s also a time of the dreaded “terrible twos.” A time when the child is growing in independence, and learning how to process and manage their feelings and emotions. It definitely requires a great deal of attentiveness and patience from mom.
The Preschool Stage
This is a bittersweet stage. It’s the stage where you realize just how much your baby has grown! During this stage your child is most likely headed off to school. But whether they’re in attendance for a full day or a half of day, they still require so much of you. When they’re ready to play, it’s often you they want to play with. When they’re ready to read, it’s you they want to read to them. They have hundreds of questions and they want to help and be a part of everything that mom does.
The Grade School Stage
By this time your child is in the full throes of school. They’ll need help with homework, projects, getting to and from extracurricular activities, dealing with mean kids/bullies, growing in self-confidence, and so much more.
The Teenager Stage
This could easily be the most difficult stage yet. Teenagers can be hormonal, moody, and insist on asserting their independence. But no matter how grown they think they are; they still need lots of time and attention from their mom. They deal everyday with the stresses of school work, peer pressure, body image and dating. This is also the time many of them get their first jobs, learn how to drive, and start preparing for college.
As you can see, our children need us through every stage. Yes, some stages are easier than others, but they all require much of our time and attention.
If you are going to accomplish all the things you desire to accomplish, you can’t wait for easy and you can’t wait for convenience. The perfect time is not going to magically present itself. You have to make time for yourself, or time will pass you by; and your dreams will remain just that, a dream.
Parenting will get easier; and so will learning to make time for yourself, while being a parent. But first you have to start!
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