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Transitions

on September 25, 2012

A few weeks ago, my daughter moved out. I tell myself “it’s a good thing” watching my child go off to college. But i can’t say it has felt that way every day.

Bottom line…I miss her.

But, one thing I have learned is that life is about transitions. That is what is amazing about being a parent, isn’t it? The joy of witnessing our kids learning and growing.

When they are babies and toddlers, every day is a new milestone; sleeping through the night, first words, walking, running, first day of preschool. We witness miracles right in front of our eyes. As they age into the teen years, it can get difficult, as they begin to flex their wings and take on their new-found independence. We forget, as parents, that this is supposed to happen. I think we forget, as the milestones can be uncomfortable; staying out too late, risk taking behaviour and those dreaded words “I hate you”. But what we need to remember during those challenging teen years, is that it ends. They make it through the teen years and somehow on the “other side” they start to become responsible, independent adults…and they begin to appreciate their parents once again.

This is where I am at with my daughter.  I am just not around everyday to see the new milestones.

What am I grateful for today? I am grateful for transitions.

Go get ’em Becca!

 

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3 responses to “Transitions

  1. Jo-Ann says:

    Another post I can relate to 🙂

  2. debfraleigh says:

    Thanks! Next blog post…Traveling tips with teenagers

  3. Marilyn says:

    Will enjoy reading your blog.

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