I hear parents all the time talk about how things change drastically with their children as they come into what we call the preteen years. I always told myself this won’t happen to us.
Boy was I wrong!!
At age 11, I get those moments when I look at her and realize to myself she is not a little child anymore, but turning into a young women.
Where did the princess dress go?
Back in June she took her babysitting course and while at the beach one night she walked herself into a babysitting job watching over a little boy from time to time so that mom can get some of her errands done! Next thing I know another mom I know is asking if she can babysit her little one.
So we pack up a few items she will need while babysitting and off we go.
Feeling a little nervous but keeping my cool, I reassure her that she’s got this and I am never very far if she needs me.
I’m FREAKING out
I am about to leave my baby with someone else’s baby!
Where the days of princess are dresses while fishing?
Or the Days when she liked to be in the outdoors with me?
Or even something as small as a genuine smile for the camera?
Now all I get is MOM DONT!!
So it’s with the knowledge and words of advice from other empty nesters that eventually you do get the little girl back that I arm myself with lots of patience and understanding to get thru the next few years