Sleep when they sleep. Start saving for college early. Let them cry it out.
It's parenting advice we hear over and over. Solicited or unsolicited. There's one piece of advice I hear more than any other. I never really listened to it. It went in one ear and out the other. But it came back to me the other day.
My youngest daughter turns seven in a month. She'll be out of the house in 11 years. They'll all be gone in 11 years, ONLY 11 years! Sure it sounds like a long time but you know how quickly the last ten years went. They absolutely blew by!
That's when I remembered that piece of advice I got more than any other. The piece of advice that sounded like total crap when I was up to my unkempt eyebrows dealing with three kids ages four and younger.
"Enjoy them while they're young."
Sound familiar? I can't even count the number of parents with adult children who told me that. They were so right.
You get one shot at it. There are no do-overs if you screw it up. It's time to slow down, open my eyes and smell the soccer sweat. I don't want to miss it. No regrets. No regrets.