Thursday, March 15, 2012

Toddlers, Teenagers And Time

NG will turn 13 this spring and GG will turn 16 this summer.  Both milestone birthdays for the Girls; and for L and myself.  We will officially become the parents of teenager daughters, one of which will be legal to drive.  I find myself thinking of the differences between now and previous years, and judging from the Facebook post of some of my friends, I'm not the only one.

So here are a few of my observations on the differences of parenting toddling daughters and teenage daughters...


When our daughters are toddlers we refused to let them play with knives, when our daughters become teenagers we give them razorblades and encouraged them to run them up and down their legs and across their armpits.

When our daughters are toddlers they wanted to play beauty shop and put our hair in ponytails, when our daughters become teenagers they start searching us for grey hairs (which they're mostly responsible for).

 When our daughters are toddlers we insist they share because that's what nice people do, when our daughters become teenagers they insist we share (and we generally don't like it anymore than they did).

When our daughters are toddlers we argue with them because they refuse to pick up their toys, when our daughters become teenagers we argue with them because they use the last maxi pad/ tampon and don't tell anyone.

When our daughters are toddlers we spend great amounts of time praying they will just go to bed and go to sleep, when our daughters become teenagers we spend great amounts of time praying they will go to bed...alone, just to sleep.


When our daughters are toddlers we are the coolest people they know, when our daughters become teenagers hot becomes the new cool and we aren't it.

When our daughters are toddlers we comb their hair for them because they don't consider this to be a priority, when our daughters become teenagers their hair is their first priority.

When our daughters are toddlers they want to grow up and marry their daddies, and their daddies smile and think that it's sweet.  When our daughters become teenagers they start dating, and their daddies do not smile and think that it's sweet.


When our daughters are toddlers they think the water shouldn't be too hot, that's how they end up taking mostly lukewarm baths and showers.  When our daughters become teenagers they think the water can't be too hot (or the showers too long), that's how we end up taking mostly lukewarm baths and showers.


The days of trips to the park and playing dress up have slowly been replaced with trips to the mall and dressing rooms.  Dreams of growing up and becoming a princess are replaced with plans to graduate high school and go to college. 

I enjoyed the toddler years but I think I'm enjoying the teenage years more.  The toddler years are spent teaching our children and shaping them into the kind of person they should be.  And although there is still teaching and shaping to be done, the teenage years are also spent watching them mature into the person they are going to be. 

There's an old saying...
Time flies when you're having fun.
The truth is...
Time is going to fly regardless, so make sure you're having fun.

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