Saying goodbye to someone close to you can be hard. Whether you are saying goodbye to a loved one, a family, member, or a friend it tugs on many different emotions. Goodbyes can also come in many forms. Sometimes it is a goodbye for a short while, sometimes, it is goodbye for a much longer time, and other times it is goodbye forever. Or is it? [Read more…]
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Have you ever helped your child with an “All About Me” poster for school? Children often do them in preschool and the early elementary grades to get to know each other. The truth is that when children are little, everything is about them, or at least they think it is. [Read more…]
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Children are like sponges!” They absorb everything, just like a sponge. This is wonderful when it comes to learning and education. However, when it comes to life and the people they model themselves after it can be a dangerous thing. Do you ever ask yourself, “Am I shaping my child to become me?” Why is it happening whether I try to or not? [Read more…]
Do you ever sit around wondering, “Why me?” Why is this happening? How come my child is suffering? Why does my friend have cancer? There are so many times we don’t understand what is happening or why it is happening. The only one who knows is God. So where is the comfort in that? [Read more…]
Working overtime is not an uncommon thing for people. Many jobs require overtime. Parents who stay at home to take care of their children could often say they work “overtime.” Do you ever feel you are not getting what you deserve for all that overtime you are putting in? Does anyone even notice you are working so hard? You are not alone. [Read more…]
It really doesn’t matter what age you are, waiting is hard. It can be as simple as waiting in line at the store, waiting for your birthday, or waiting for the day to be over! Every day we are constantly waiting for something. How do you get through? [Read more…]
Why do kids think they can get away with little white lies? Do they think they won’t get caught or that no one will figure out their secrets? Maybe they just think they are smarter than their parents! We probably did the same thing as children back in our childhood days! [Read more…]
I can feel her gentle grasp as she wraps her tiny fingers around my finger for the first time minutes after she’s born. She rests on my chest as our hearts beat softly together. We hold hands for the first time.
She grabs my hand with her tiny fingers and steadies herself as she starts wobbling on two feet. Her steps unsure and her grasp so tight. She will not let go for fear of falling. Slowly her steps became steadier and yet her grasp is still so solid. She needs my hands as one step becomes two, then three, then four.
Moments later we walk hand in hand as we cross the parking lot to the park. She grabs my hand as she climbs up the ladder to the slide. She pulls my hand and gently leads me to the swings. I take her hands in mine and help her up. She holds on tight and giggles with delight.
I blink and now she’s holding my hand tight to cross the parking lot to lead her into school. It’s her first day of preschool. She wants me to walk her in. I hold her hand as she steps in, shyly greets her teacher and finds her seat. She wants to be ready but isn’t so sure.
When I turn around and she’s grabbing my hand to lead me to the lunchbox she wants. She is going to school all day now. No more running errands together. We say goodbye to our lunches at home together. Afternoon cuddles on the couch together are over so fast.
Before I realize it, we are holding hands on our way to the grocery store. We are picking up food for her first sleepover. Her friends are coming over and they need pizza and popcorn. No more kiddie cartoons in the living room. Say goodbye to Dora and Disney movies. Our times of hanging out together are limited. Giggles erupt from her room. We are not sharing them anymore, but I can’t help but smile at her wonderful sound of laughter.
In a quick moment, she will be leaving for dances, receiving a diploma, and holding someone else’s hand. I pray they hold her hand and heart as carefully as I did.
Our time to hold hands was so short. She held my hand tight for such a brief moment. I think I held tighter. She put all her trust in me and knew I wouldn’t let go. I gave her all my love and made her feel safe.
Now she is ready to let go. She feels strong, confident, and secure. I’m not ready to let go, but I know it is time.
Cherish all the times your child’s small hands reach for yours. Hold their hands as long as you can. Remember each step of the way. It only lasts a short while. So much love can pass through your hands. Do everything you can to hold their hands a little longer.
-Mom on the Move