Parents, they’re only ours for a moment…

Don’t grow up too fast…
my heart drops as I let go of her bike for the first time without training wheels. How can I feel so excited in this moment for her when my heart is pierced with such a sharp rush of sadness? She’s growing up — and it takes my breath away and leaves me still with such a bittersweet sadness. Does it really have to be this hard? Why does every ounce of me want to hold on to her so tight? Dare she be able to grow! And then it hits me, they’re only ours for a moment. How beautifully cruel and blissfully amazing it is to be a parent. Their childhood flies by in slow motion. It’s that old saying “the days are long but the years are short.” Whoever wrote that definitely has been here before.

We can’t keep them from growing up, so what are we to do?
Live in every moment we can.
Be present in their presence.
Cherish, listen and love unconditionally.
Guide them with love in the right direction.
Be mindful of our words and actions.
Feel deeply every hug they give with open arms.
Build their confidence, guard their hearts, lift them up.
Feed their soul with goodness.
Show them the beauty in life.
Take hold of their heart and inspire their mind.
Watch them grow into every beautiful thing they are meant to be.
And then, with proud hearts and teary eyes…
Watch them fly.
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a great example for parents…

The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life.
Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful — you acted on it.

—Dan Zadra

you are the world

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