Have you ever heard the phrase ‘the days are long but the years are short’ regarding having children and being a parent?
Some days feel more of a struggle than others and that it’s never ending. While other days seem to all blur into one – I’ll be honest, I don’t know what day of the week it is half the time!! But what they all have in common, is that they’re precious moments spent with our little one(s). Time flies when you’re having fun, we need to seize each moment.
From crawling to walking, teeth and talking, there are so many ‘first’ moments that we as parents want to treasure. And so we should! We created these little people, we should celebrate everything about them. What might seem trivial to someone might be a big deal to you. I think sometimes parents compare/compete against each other. Every child develops in their own way at their own rate. It’s hard work for them, learning and developing all at the same time. We just need to help them along the way and enjoy the ride.
I know a lot of parents/family members snap away taking photos and videos. Which is great, but at the same time it can feel like you’re missing out on actually enjoying the moment itself. It would be great to have a secret paparazzi capturing the moments for you – then you could be in the photos too 🙂
Physical items can also conjure up a memory rather than photos. First pair of shoes, a certain outfit, favourite teddy or story etc. You can also get traditional keepsake memory blankets and bears etc.
You often hear about a m/paternal bond or relationship between a parent and her child. Whilst normally associated with pregnancy or childbirth, this bond may also develop between other figures who aren’t the genetic parent. For example it could be with adoption, another family member or friend. We are able to thrive under the influence of anyone who acts as the primary caretaker. Love, affection, protection, and nurturance are the main necessary components in securing a healthy bond.
It doesn’t matter how old you are either. Newborn, child or adult, we all still have a connection with the parent figures in our lives. As you grow so does the relationship.