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We walked past a few pretty flowers today. My nearly two year old daughter gleefully determined the size, shape and color of this floral display. I smiled in amazement of how quickly she’d developed this perception from just a month ago. The visual connections were evident to her before but now she could verbalize them. This captivation with nature quickly gave way to a desire to run. Her curly blonde hair bounced in tandem with a playful gallop. My daughter’s passage from baby to toddler had arrived.

Being a parent, one never seems to be fully prepared for the next transition in one’s child’s development. Despite the amount of experience or research one invests into parenting, a child’s growth spurt never fails to surprise. Feelings of panic and guilt arise as we fear we’ve not provided the appropriate level of time and energy to one’s children. “Where did the time go?!!” And yet, after the self induced crisis mode subsides, we reconnect with our children and hopefully move forward.

To a large extent, parenting can be described as an evolving work in progress. We’ve just scratched the surface on the vast potential of humanity. Trying to shape and harness such complex beings should be overwhelming. Template parenting does not work due to the simple fact that each child is different. Tighten your grasp on a child’s development and risk stifling creativity. Loosen your approach and inadvertently open the door to intangible corruptive influences. Yes ladies and gentlemen, raising children’s a tough gig.

Yet today was a beautiful day. I was conscious to soak it all in. I know there will be surprises ahead. My wife and I will prepare as best we can. Our kids will frustrate us, baffle us, and bring us priceless joy. We’re embarked on the biggest, most enduring journey of our lives. Might as well try to enjoy the ride.

  • I love every age, but that moment where they can finally verbalize their thoughts is amazing.

    • Anonymous

      My daughter surprises me every single day as does my son. Even though I spend a large quantity of time with them, they manage to surprise and surpass my expectations.

  • Shoebuf

    Your daughter sounds precious as does your adventure with her today and every day. Yes, parenting can be described as an evolving work in progress. The beauty and challenge of each day makes a tough gig a great journey for everyone.

    • Anonymous

      Once in a while, it’d be nice to have a road map for the journey. 🙂

  • I love every age, but that moment where they can finally verbalize their thoughts is amazing.

    • cutemonster

      My daughter surprises me every single day as does my son. Even though I spend a large quantity of time with them, they manage to surprise and surpass my expectations.

  • Shoebuf

    Your daughter sounds precious as does your adventure with her today and every day. Yes, parenting can be described as an evolving work in progress. The beauty and challenge of each day makes a tough gig a great journey for everyone.

    • cutemonster

      Once in a while, it'd be nice to have a road map for the journey. 🙂

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