The Days Are Long But The Years Are Short!

I know just about every parent I meet is tired. I also know that my oldest daughter just turned 19 years old, and I'm wondering where the years went. And you're probably experiencing the same thing, aren't you? My daughter is now taller than me, so is her younger 16-year-old brother. They are visual reminders every day on how tall my children are getting and how short the years are.

So, what makes the days so long for us parents? Well, right from the start, our newborn babies wake up every three hours crying because they want to eat, and then need a diaper change. This pattern of behavior is really hard on us new parents. We are always tired. Parenting is a 24-hour job. I have a daughter that is 19 years old, and I can honestly say that I've had 19 years of disrupted sleep. It's a never-ending job of supervising and worrying about my kids.

The years are short because of the naturally high level of activity that comes with being a parent. When we are swamped, which we always are as parents, time just flies by. And when time whips by, it soon adds up to the years going by too fast. Many times this causes a feeling of nostalgia while we're wondering where all the years went. Hopefully, it's just a gentle feeling of nostalgia, though, and not feelings of regret.

So, what's our best course of action while dealing with all these long days and short years, you ask. Well, the first one would be to never give up. Never quit. Never throw in the parenting towel because, as my grandma used to say, "This too shall pass." And it absolutely will pass whether we want it to or not... and then we'll miss it...

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, "Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us." Remember that while the days are long; the years are short. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do...

Father of five, bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV Host Dan Blanchard wants you to enjoy full-time parenting job. For more great tips from Dan, please visit his website: Thanks.

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