When my kids were little, I mean like diapers-and-naps- little, women would always approach me and say, “Oh dearie, enJOY this MOMent… it goes by so fast.” Many times I would look at them and be like… REALLY? REALLY?! These long days of fighting naps, and teething, and potty training go FAST??? REALLY???!!! Those were some loooooonggggg slooooowwwww passing days! haha.. I’m sure all of you MaMas out there with little ones can relate…
However, here I am now with my baby boy entering his SENIOR year in high school. A SENIOR!!!! what???!!! Where are all those little old ladies to tell me NOW to enJOY the MOMent? Because honestly, THIS is the time that is going so fast! Soooo fast. We just entered senior year. I look at this tiny baby who grew up into a beautiful, strong, smart, athletic, creative young man. His confidence, his laughter, his smile… I am pressing the PAUSE button everyday around here. EVERY SINGLE DAY. I have made a promise to myself to stay present (as much as a mom can in senior year) and enJOY every minute of our time together.
This time next year he will be spreading his wings and flying on his own… But let’s not go there yet. Today he is here. I see him in his messy, lived in room. I see him in his messy contacts, eye glasses, razor left on the bathroom counter, I see him in the pile of his huge shoes left all around the house. I see him in his sweats packing his lunch for the next day.
This year I have made a promise to be extremely selective on what I say YES to. What I allow to pull me away from my family. my senior. my priorities. This year I will put all of my life coaching that I preach into action. I will continue to talk the talk, but this year I will fully walk the walk. I will take notice of the little things. The things that I want to impress in my memory forever. This year I plan to soak up every last drop of my little six foot three bird in the nest. This year I post reminders to STAY PRESENT. Be in this MOMent and enJOY it all. Here’s to the best year yet! So exciting! So scary! So tender! So happening right now…
- Pause – when your teen wants to talk with you or actually tell you about their day!? Pause everything you’re doing and listen. Stop multi-tasking and let everything else just sit at the side for those few precious moments.
- Presence – when you find that your family is all together, whether at a meal, or on the drive to church, or a rare Saturday morning, put down your phone, stop doing your chores and be PRESENT. Enjoy what is around you at that particular moment and soak it up.
- Prioritize – Even in the hustle and bustle of weekly school events, extracurricular activities, chores and more…try to focus on your priorities. Always, family. Everything else is just fluff. Our time is so limited together, don’t miss these golden days.