How to Enjoy Life when your Youngest Child is Young Anymore

It’s the day you’ve been looking forward to for years now. Your baby is growing up, and isn’t your baby anymore. She starts making her own decisions. She does her homework without being told to. She goes to school without any prompting, or nagging on your part. Your child is growing up. You watch her walk out the door, and wonder where all those years went.

You knew it would happen sooner or later. But why do you have this sudden urge to cry? Why do you feel that it is too soon for your baby to grow up?

Dragging old pictures out of the closet, you break into tears over how fast your kids have grown up. Almost every Mom wants her children to remain little forever. That way, her problems are smaller and easier to handle. Besides kids are cuter and more loving when they are younger.

Parents want their kids to grow up and have the best life. But a small part of our inner being, desire our kids to stay little. Let’s face it, life is more fun when the kids are younger, and they are not experiencing raging mood swings from hell.

You have to learn to deal with it. It is time for your life to begin a new chapter. Even though, you may not want to walk through a new door. Look at it this way, before you know it, your child will be coming home with a little one of her own, asking you to baby-sit all day.

Time to do what you always wanted to do. Go back to college to earn a degree in an area you love. Travel the world, or at least places you always wanted to go to. Possibly, just being alone with your spouse, or going to the bathroom uninterrupted are what you dreamed of for all those years.

Join a group  you always to join such as a writing or a swim team. Join a health club, start a group on your own, that doesn’t involve little kids. After all Mom or Dad, you deserve to pamper yourself, and lead the life you have always dreamed of.

Lets get physical. Olivia Newton John knew what she was talking about when she sang this song. You need to pump iron, go for long walks, and join a workout class. You can join the millions of people around the world who are practicing yoga. Beginning an exercise program will make you feel like a million bucks. Your energy levels will rise. You will feel and sleep better. If you become depressed due to your baby becoming older, exercising will help ward off depressed feelings. 

At this time remember to eat healthy foods. Even though your youngest child is becoming more independent and responsible, you need to take care of yourself. Your kids still need you to offer advice, and take care of those grand kids. Eat fruits and vegetables every day. Cut down on sugar-loaded snacks, Cut back on caffeinated drinks, and eat a variety of good, healthy foods. Drink eight glasses of water a day.

 It’s a double-edged sword, when your youngest child is no longer a baby, but thinking positive thoughts, joining groups, and starting a new career are all good ways to live life, until the next baby comes along.