I thought I’d continue on the same topic as last time – to enjoy every stage that your children are in. So again I asked some friends who have children who are now young adults what they LOVE about their children being this age.
- When my children were younger I remember saying to a good friend who had adult kids how sad that I was at the thought of them growing up. I remember her saying that she had so much fun with her adult children and not to worry. Well my children are now 18 and 21 and I really do have so much fun with them, they make me laugh and I enjoy their company so much. They make me feel young. Louise (my sister).
- I love doing life with them (usually, haha). Their friendship and companionship, their sense of humour, watching them blossom, grow and mature – though sometimes learning the hard way. Sharing their highs and lows (cause that’s life) but thankful they share them with me and we come through it stronger and richer and a whole lot wiser. And now watching them choose a life partner and welcoming others into our world is awesome. Kerrie
- I love the laughter and banter of the dinner table conversation, on the rare occasions all five of us are home for the evening meal. I love that my children now encourage me. I love seeing them be so different and yet succeed in who they are and what they have chosen to do. Jane G.
- I love the fact that my 19 year old has just returned from travelling overseas and was able to navigate around Europe with confidence. While there she was able to spend time visiting her grandparents and loving that special time. You often don’t want to let them go, but you’ve encouraged them to be independent and that’s exactly what they become. I’m so proud of her and love having her home. I also they fact they can drive you to the occasional Friday lunch with the ladies and pick you up! Jane H.
- I love that as young adults they are closer to moving out of home (fabulous mum of 3 young men haha). Julie C.
- I love having adult conversations with them and watching them make their own decisions. You see the fruit of your efforts and the time you spent with them over the years. Geoff (yep thought I’d bring a bloke into the mix)
As for me, I love just hanging out with our girls. The four of us went out for dinner last week and one of the girls said that she loved hanging out with the family, as she could totally be herself and be really relaxed – we all agreed. I love doing sporty things with them. A couple of years ago, we all did the local Fun Run from Dee Why to Newport together. Ofcourse I finished way behind them. I felt so proud – when I was about to cross the finish line with my whole body feeling like it was going to fall apart, there were the girls yelling “Come on Mum, you can do it” and cheering. How many times did I stand by the finish line of their cross country runs over the years, cheering them on and encouraging them. Ruby and Geoff have already done a half marathon together and Geoff and Eloise are doing one this month. I’m not!
They continue to teach me things and inspire me to be a better person, as I watch them enter adulthood and how they face different challenges. I love the fact that they can drive. Geoff and I sit in the back – it’s kind of weird letting them drive you around. I love that they can cook – yah and make me poached eggs for breakfast – often. Oh and I love the fact that Saturday sport days are over, selfish I know but who really enjoys getting up at 7am on a cold winter’s morning for Nettas haha.
I love this stage of our family’s life, just like I’ve loved every stage and I’m sure you will agree with me. Have a wonderful weekend.
Love Chris x