Brothers hug

Enjoy Kids NOW. Oh so speedily, they grow up.

Dear SoSooper (and previously Home Is Fun) readers,

For eight years I (Denise) blogged on Home Is Fun and shared photos and life in a diversity-filled couple with four energetic boys, all born within seven years.

Time has flown. As Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, shares, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

The days are long, but the years are short. @Gretchen Rubin Click To Tweet
Boy-and-baby

“Fragile? What’s that mean?” Welcome home, tiny tot!

Terrible (and terribly funny) two's.

The terrible (and terribly funny) two’s.

Family-vacation-small-kids

Is this “vacation” or “extra work”?

Boy-guitar

When the guitar is bigger than they are…and nonetheless, the sound still rings out loud and strong! “Do you like my song, Mommy?” “I love you, darling. :-)”

Family-first-ties

First time wearing ties. Mixed responses…like to most novel experiences. Throughout Mom & Dad still put their best face forward.

Boy-electronics

When the generation gap stops being a concept but a daily reality.

"You can do it, darling."

“You can do it, darling.”

Kid_powder_skier

When finally all that practice pays off. After innumerable falls (and try-overs) they assert, “It was hard. And I did it!”

Family-pyramids

When the family encourages seeking adventure together…

Boy-extreme-sports

…and Mom & Dad worry when the children seek their next challenge to overcome.

Graduation

And in a few short years, they fly on their own. It’s what we hoped for them all along. Bye bye baby. HELLO NEW RELATIONSHIP!!!

Brothers hug

There was a time when I was in the energy-management business: expend theirs & conserve mine…

Boys grow up

…now the future’s so bright…they take the shades off for the photo :-)

May YOU enjoy YOUR children NOW.  Before they grow up.

(And take pictures, no matter how bad a photographer you are. I did!)

Try spending 5 minutes this week simply observing one child without à priori. Just watch him/her.

Better yet.  Admire him/her.  

(Choose to do this for your “problem” child.  It’s transforming :-) )

This works for teens as well as for tots. They might engage you and ask you to join in a game. For these five minutes let them know that you are admiring them and will join them in a few moments. You can even invite them to put on the timer!
Parents who have done this exercise marvel at their children. They are indeed beautifully and wonderfully made!

For more family news, we celebrate 25 years of marriage! (Read about the glue that keeps us together.)

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