My “baby” is a high school senior. She is playing her last year of high school volleyball. Going to her last high school football games. Cheering at her last high school basketball games. And she will be attending her last prom.
As I near the season so cruelly called the “Empty Nest,” I remember the advice I often heard from more experienced parents when my kids were young. Enjoy them while they are young because the years go by so fast. And now I find myself wanting to say the same thing to younger moms, but I don’t, because I know that kind of advice doesn’t really sink in when you’re knee deep in dirty diapers and fussy kids.
Now the phrase that echoes in my head is, Enjoy her while you can because her senior year is going to pass very quickly. Here’s my strategy:
1. Take lots of pictures.
2. Go to every event/game of hers I possibly can.
3. Never, ever turn down a chance to spend time with my daughter, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone, even if it means lack of sleep.
4. When she wants to talk, I will put aside whatever I am doing and take advantage of those rare and precious moments.
5. Not nag her about her messy room because nagging always leads to conflict.
6. Remain calm about her stuff cluttering the family room.
7. Tell her often how much I love her and how proud I am of her.
8. Every once in awhile spoil her just a little.
9. Focus on things that really matter, not the dumb little trivial issues we parents sometimes tend to obsess over.
10. Laugh with her alot.
I can’t slow down the clock, but I hope to sit at her graduation next summer with no regrets over wasted moments.