They Do Grow Up

For those of you wondering.

For those of you with small children that need so much. That have intensity and passion undiluted with patience or reason.

For those of you uncertain about all this work, all this pouring of our passion into them, all this time spent on a lifestyle choice that seems to fly in the face of society’s reason.

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They do grow up.

They do spend a day in companionable learning.

They do think of the future and set their own goals.

They do make lunch while you’re out running and smile at you when you return.

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We have had a most wonderful Thursday together: reading “Johnny Tremain” aloud at breakfast, beginning algebra, watching “From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism” after lunch while knitting side-by-side on the couch, editing her report on raccoons, and drinking tea.  She’s an incredible young woman, and a good friend, and I’m happy to be someone she leans on.

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11 thoughts on “They Do Grow Up

  1. Debonli says:

    I tell moms of young children that even though they are dog tired, this is an easy part of the parenting gig. It becomes mental at a certain point, and that is even more exhausting. What a beautiful picture of your daughter! I’m thankful you were blessed with a wonderful day. They are the respites that keep us going.

  2. Leslie says:

    She’s beautiful. Makes me thankful for each day. Times are changing. Just sat next to my 7yo as she read to me instead of the other way around.

    I’m glad for the reminder.

  3. Sarah says:

    I have a 6 yr old, a 4 yr old, and a 1.5 yr old. I am absolutely bookmarking this post to come back to when the days get hard. It is so encouraging.

    I hear “this is the easy part” so often. I always want to say, “It gets HARDER?” It makes me want to give up now! Thank you so much for the incentive to keep going in good cheer.

    • edathome2010 says:

      Sarah – I understand you find life hard sometimes.

      If you’ve not come across Naomi Aldort I suggest you Google her, you will be blessed. She has 3 nearly grown sons, whom she educated at home. She wrote a book about ‘transforming parent-child relationships from reaction and struggle to freedom, power and joy’. It’s called Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves.

  4. jennifer says:

    Thank you for this. I have 3 under 7 in the house right now and it is words like yours that keep me going.

    Congrats on such a wonderful kid.

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