Spring break marks another milestone in the year, with only eight weeks of school remaining when we return. During this time, your family may be planning on camping trips, heading to the beach, getting in some more ski days, the stay-cation (one of our favorites), or just keeping up the regular routine and catching up on things next week.
Since becoming a parent, I have become intensely aware of the passage of time. I recall vividly first holding our baby girl in my cupped hands when she was first born, or that I could balance my son’s tiny body entirely against my side on just my forearm.
Our children are seven and almost six years old now and I am stunned at how quickly the years have gone by. My own parents told me the years would go by so fast, but I really had no idea until now that I am experiencing it.
Over this next week, I encourage all of our parents to find ways to connect with your children – getting to know them more deeply as they develop. As we all experienced ourselves, a year in a child’s life brings many changes, opening their world more and more.
You might find ways to learn what your child is wondering or worrying about, what they are most excited about doing or learning, and about their dreams and aspirations.
We will soon blink and another school year will have gone by. Your kindergartener will be excited about being a first grader next year. Your student transitioning grades may be thinking about middle school or high school, or your graduate may be thinking through their first big life moves on their own.
As parents, we are at once excited about what the future holds for our children and simultaneously heartbroken at how quickly they grow up. Make the most of this next week to be a big part of your child’s life. Once past, we do not get these moments back.
There are days, I wake up and I pinch myself, you’re with me, not someone else.
And I am scared, yeah, I’m still scared, that it’s all a dream.
‘Cause you still look perfect as days go by.
Even the worst ones, you make me smile.
I’d stop the world if it gave us time.
‘Cause when you love someone, you open up your heart.
When you love someone, you make room.
If you love someone, and you’re not afraid to lose them …
You probably never loved someone like I do,
You probably never loved someone like I do.
Lukas Graham. “When You Love Someone.” Copenhagen Records. 2018.