I’m in the season of parenting where my children are growing and maturing, what feels like, daily. My oldest is a freshman in high school, and this school year has brought and will continue to bring, many transitions including driver’s education. It mind-blowing!
Some days I can’t believe our family has reached these milestones. It’s bittersweet. Letting go of the younger years is difficult. In a few years we’ll have a college freshman, a high schooler and a middle schooler.
I’ve complied a few quotes about raising children that offer comfort to my conflicted heart.
“There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed.”
“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”
- Maya Angelou
"The empty nest comes quickly. Do not squander your most precious privilege of participating in the lives of your children."
- Alan Hedquist
“Let go of your daughter with grace and you’ll find her calling on you with joy.”
– Cheryl Barker
“I think the hardest thing for a mother is to make it possible for a child to be independent and at the same time let the child know how much you love her, how much you want to take care of her, and yet how truly essential it is for her to fly on her own.”
– Madeleine Albright
Parenting is full of happy moments and difficult ones. Watching your children transition into adulthood is one that requires patience, love and grace.