October’s theme for SLM is “seasons.” Autumn woos us with its fiery colors, apple cider, and football (c’mon — who doesn’t want to wear tweed and crunch leaves?). It’ll be fun to read what’s in store this month for seasons at Bites, Homeschool, Kids, and Organic. But specifically here on Simple Mom, we’re taking the angle of seasons a bit wider, and discussing something most of us here live through daily — seasons in parenting.
Parenting is the hardest job there is. Period. But what’s weird is that it’s hard — and blissfully rewarding — in different ways, depending on which stage of life your kids are in.
I’ve heard it said that while the early years of parenting are the most physically draining, the teenage years are the most emotionally taxing (help me now). And while those of us with littles enjoy daily block building and slobbery kisses, parents with older kids revel in watching their offspring mature into independent responsible adults.
We parents are in this together, even though we’re in different stages of this gig. It would make sense for us to share the daily wisdom we’re learning in the trenches, both to encourage those in the stage just before us, and to seek counsel from those who’ve already “been there.”
Throughout this fall, you’ll be blessed with a smattering of posts from amazing parents from around the blogosphere. They’ll share the pitfalls and praises of the parenting stage they’re in, and give you hope that the best years, while they can be enjoyed now, are also just ahead of you.
I have a nearing six-year-old, an almost three-year-old, and a four-month-old baby. I’m in the early stages. I don’t have a clue what it’s like to send a daughter off on her first date (and if it were up to my husband, we wouldn’t experience this until she was 21).
So I’ve rounded up some great gals for us to laugh with and cry alongside. I hope you’ll enjoy their words.
Look for posts on what it’s like to parent teens, newborn babies, grammar-school age kids, tweens, preschoolers — and on what it’s like to be left with an empty nest, watching your adult kids build their own.
They’re not experts. They’re just parents, and like us, they have stories to share.
I’m excited about this series. I hope you are, too.
What stage of parenting are you in? What do you love about it? What stage of parenting gives you the hives just thinking about it?