Watching my kids growing up

Philippines
August 1, 2012 1:07am CST
makes me both happy and sad. I feel happy looking at them, thinking that they are fast becoming young adults, that they're on their way to fulfilling their own dreams. Someday they'll also become like me, well, not really sitting here myLotting everyday, lol, but become parents too, who love to take care of their kids and worry about their future. It's a cruel world outside and as much as we want to shield our children for the rest of our lives, it is just not possible. They should learn to be on their own because it's going to be their own lives they'll have to live. I just pray that they'll mature into responsible adults and persons with character, that they'll learn to take care of themselves and care about others too. I can't help feeling sad knowing I couldn't keep them to myself for long, they'll have to conquer the world out there whether I like it or not. All I know is that they are and will always be my babies, my treasure.
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@suzzy3 (8397)
1 Aug 12
It is a wonderful time watching your kids grow and learn.I found it fascinating and it filled my world with wonder.Taking their first step.first word,learning their numbers and learning to read.I take great pleasure in my grandchildren now seeing it all again.There personallities develop.I love listening to them talk to one another and how they see things that happen in life.Even as they grow into young adults all the arguements ect.I just told mine that I loved them everyday even if they thought they hated me.Being a mother is a long road full of surprises not all of them nice ones.Stay true,be firm and love them to bits.Then when they leave home they never leave you.
• Philippines
2 Aug 12
Hi suzzy3, I think your grandchildren are very lucky having you as their grandmother. You're a wonderful grandma, just like my mother. Being a mom makes me appreciate my own mother more and I am so much thankful to her for raising me and my siblings the way she and my father did, and I am trying to do the same to my kids. I just hope I am doing as well.:)
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
1 Aug 12
i know what you mean. a few days ago, my baby announced that she was going to be 16 and that her older sister would be 20 and man, does this make me feel old! enjoy the time while you can when they are young.
• Philippines
2 Aug 12
My 14 year old wished she's older, says she feels like 16 already! I told her, "do you also want me to feel like I'm two years older too?" I cringed at the thought while my daughter just laughed at me, perhaps imagining what her mom would look like in two years.:)
1 Aug 12
I know exactly what you mean. I have 3 boys, each unique. They are rapidly growing up and I am becoming less needed. I have to hope that I have done a good job in teaching them right from wrong, how respect is so important (treat others how you want to be treated) and that no one is better than them but that they are better than no one! I too feel happy and truly blessed every time I look at my children. There are times I want to pull ou my hair and other times I think I don't count my blessings enough. At the minute they are still at home with me but what wil happen when they move out is anyones guess. They will live their own lives, make their own mistakes and make their own memories. I just hope I am there to comfort them, there to congratulate them and continu to share their lives.
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
I guess it is every mother's wishes to be always around for her children even when they're old enough to manage their own lives. Mine are 3 girls and each also has unique personalities. My two high school girls won't let a day pass that isn't short of bantering and bawling from the time they wake up in the morning till they're back from school in the afternoon. They're so good at straining my vocal chords.:) But still at the end of the day, it still amazes me and makes me thankful that I am so much blessed having them.:)
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
We can't stop them from growing. If we could only stop them, maybe we want them to stay as they are now. Time goes by so fast so we need to enjoy our time with our children. I hope they enjoy their childhood, their puberty, their adolescence, etc. Time will come that they have to stand on their own. We hope the best for them. I hope they will overcome all problems that they will be encountering in this world. I hope they will forever keep the values they learned from us and become successful in their lives.
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
Just last night my youngest went up the stairs on her own, and so I caught up with her and told her we'd go together cause she might slip. She kinda brushed me aside telling me she's already a big girl and she's barely three! Couldn't help laughing, I really enjoy even these little joys my kids bring me.:)
• China
1 Aug 12
Dear annacelle,actually every parents face the same thing with you,we are always care about our kids and do not want them get any hurt,but as you well know,we can not be the shield for our kids all the time,so pls let them to step in to the society,pls recall all of us been this way,right? If we can make it absolutely our kids can make it.
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
Oh yes I know, it's just the usual sentiments of a mother that I am going through. Like I said I feel both happy and sad and I guess that's just normal.:)
@riyauro (6431)
• India
1 Aug 12
I know time is flying and kids are growing fast. I understand how you are feeling. My cousin was saying the same thing one day about her kids and she was sad for the same reason you have mentioned. I have no kids but I know how you are feeling. One day we have to let go of children. have to accept it, it is better. have a wonderful day.
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
Thanks riyauro, it's all about the joys and pains of being a mother.:) Btw, are you single?
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
1 Aug 12
You are right, I think knowing that our children are growing up is perhaps one of the hardest things for a mother to do. I've been staying at home with mine for almost the last six years and my baby is going to be starting kindergarten in just two weeks, I know that he is ready but I am not at all ready to let him go. I know that he will be successful in everything that he does in his life and I know that he will have his father and I to thank for that. However, it really doesn't make it any easier at this point in time.
• Philippines
1 Aug 12
I can't even believe my youngest is already turning three in October. Time really flies fast, my older two girls are both in high school. Knowing that we're raising them well makes us so proud we are their mothers, aren't we?