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Growing Pains // Our Children Are Growing Too Fast

Admittedly, this week was hard for me. Not because anything was wrong but because my babies are growing up and I don’t like it. Watching your children grow up is equally exciting and heartbreaking. I no longer have babies, I have little people who have personalities and opinions- sometimes very strong opinions. They still need me, which is great, but when the twins decide that they are too old for baths and Jersey gets a big boy hair cut, all I can think is that they are getting older by the second and I can’t stop it. You can watch how the girls are growing up here.

Where Have My Babies Gone?

The kids still have a ton of child-like qualities, but it’s the little details that get me every time. Ava and Alexis can draw very well. We had them draw self portraits and this is how they turned out:

Whose kids drew these? I know for a fact it wasn’t my toddlers who are masters at squiggle art. I know….they aren’t toddlers. Not even close. Jersey could still be considered a toddler, except for the fact that he can read, draw nearly as well as the girls, and now he has had his first haircut and he’s walking around looking like a little man. Unacceptable. His final haircut video can be found here.

What Can You Do?

All jokes aside, I know that my children have to grow up and make their own way. That’s part of the deal, but no one can prepare you for how hard it will be to allow them to mature. There are days when I wish that they were self-sufficient and if I hear “MAMA” one more time, I’m going to scream. But then I stop and realize how precious these moments are when they still call me ‘Mama.’ Ava and Alexis are turning into shower enthusiasts, but I can still coax them to take a bath since SoapSox sent us some of their most popular bath time toys. They are basically luffas for kids! They encourage fun and imagination, and good hygiene skills. We have a discount code for 10% off your purchase: MCCLURE10.

I Want Your Opinion

How did you make the transitions when your children were getting older? What age did you let your kids shower? Why is my two-year-old acting like a little man? If you have any insights or would like to share your story, I want to hear from you! Comment below or reach out on any of our social platforms! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram, and like and follow our Facebook page and group!

Comments

  • Gerry
    August 4, 2020

    You have so many videos to reflect the past and the present. When those moments hits you. Watch a video it will give you so much joy

  • Shawna ellis
    August 4, 2020

    Loosening the reigns is never easy and it only gets harder as they get older. There is so much we want to protect them from, but making mistakes is how they learn and grow. My son just turned 18 May 1st and boy is it hard letting go. I want him to make his own decisions and choices, but at the same time I want him to do things my way. What I have to remember is my way may not be the best way for him though. We have to trust and believe that we have given them a strong foundation and be there if they need us. With the showering vs bathing, my son was about the same age as the girls. Our deal was as long as he was washing himself thoroughly, he could shower. I would do a “white glove” type inspection with a cotton ball and witch hazel. I checked, his neck, under his chin, his arms and his legs. If the cotton ball came back filthy, he was going back in the tub. Let me tell you, I eased up on him for a while then ran a cotton ball from his ankle to his knee, just filthy 😂😂

    • Betty
      August 5, 2020

      You’re a great Mom!!!💞😂

    • Betty
      August 5, 2020

      Youre a great Mom Shawna Ellis!!!💞💞😂

  • Sherry Hoyer
    August 4, 2020

    I wish you would have more children! 🥰

    • Justin McClure
      August 4, 2020

      Three is enough! Trust me lol

  • Tangsi Ayuba
    August 4, 2020

    Yes three is very enough for me too

  • Linda Johnson
    August 4, 2020

    They will forever call you Mommy! My grownups now have kids of their own but I’m momma just like when they were younger.

  • Saundra King
    August 4, 2020

    October will mark my twins 37th birthday. When I look at them I see the toddlers they used to be. My heart refuses to acknowledge what my brain tells me. I as mom can not help but to be proud of the adults before me. To see them successful, neccesitates letting go. Parents want their children to soar. To do otherwise cripples them. This my brain knows. But my heart holds onto my babies!

  • Cheryl
    August 4, 2020

    Jersey need a brother

    • Lydia Graham
      August 6, 2020

      He’s got Justin. The bond is crazy between them. Justin takes time to play with him, so in a sense is showing him that he too can be a kid and we all have that in us. I love their relationship. Besides, it’s not our place to say what someone needs.

  • Megan
    August 5, 2020

    I’m 38 and don’t have kids of my own, but all the kids I love grow up soo fast. I can’t imagine being their parents. . BTW love your videos.

  • Lydia Graham
    August 6, 2020

    Honestly, if you truly want to know, I never fully made the transition. I still want to hold them and tuck them in at 24 and 21. Knowing I have done my best and am not a grandmother yet is one good thing. They still come around so that is another good thing. But it’s not easy. Also, there will be days where they do resist all things because they feel they know but I don’t want to rush that process for you. Now it’s cute though, but when they are teenagers blossoming and doing their own things, it can be challenging because (and this is mainly with girls) it’s like they become aliens that you thought you knew and realize you don’t know a gosh darn thing.

  • Matovia
    August 7, 2020

    You’re such an awesome Mom

  • Cassie Knox
    August 8, 2020

    I know how you feel with the kids growing up. I have a 22 year old Daughter and 16 year old Son and I am so sad. I crave the days when my kids were toddlers. Sometimes I just sit back and watch them go about their lives, and I get so sad. My babies are no longer babies.

  • Yolanda
    August 8, 2020

    Definitely understand. My daughters are 2 years apart and I remember when my then 4 years old looked my straight in the eyes and told me that she DID NOT want to wear matching outfits with her 6 years old sister anymore😮. I cried for about an hour. Lol

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