As I sit and listen to my children playing happily, I can’t help by being amused by the different stages that we as a family inevitably meet at the same time.
Currently we have a preschooler (4 1/2 years) who is mad keen on dinosaurs and so rushes around, roaring his way through the house. This inevitably disturbs his tween sisters (8 1/2 and 10) who are currently putting on a show and singing karaoke style to ‘Let it Go’ (groan!). Their eldest sister is travelling around Australia on a gap year, while trying to enrol in a masters degree, which involves roping in ‘Mum’ to become PA and update CVs, apply for courses etc, as the Internet is not 100% reliable where she is, and she only has her iPad with her, not her laptop.
Yet it wasn’t that long ago that we were in another set of completely different set of phases.
With a newborn, middle of the night feeds and heading out afterwards to collect a partying teenager. Driving lessons, nappy changes, nursery school runs and school assemblies were all part of the average day. (In between walking my beautiful dog.)
It was almost surreal.
One of my most amusing memories of that stage was attending a Parent Teacher conference to discuss University enrolments amongst other things, with a preschooler (4) , a first year at school age (5 1/2) and a 4 month old baby in tow..
Nothing too major, you might say, but when the sounds of straining came from the the babe, the poor teenager wanted to just crawl under the table and die!
But looking at the different phases, my beautiful children are growing so fast. Our teenager is an adult now, our newborn already a preschooler- but not for much longer- and my tween has “Only 3 more years until I’m a teenager, Mummy!”
Parenting is hard work. I think I’ve posted enough posts on that topic to justify that statement, but it truly isn’t for long.
So I’m off now, to video the show and become prey for my dinosaur. Question is- can I do them both at the same time?