10 Kid Stages I’m Not Going to Miss

10 Kid Stages I’m Not Going to Miss

Let’s be honest, we don’t always cherish every moment of their childhoods!

By Wendy Robinson

There are moments when it feels like time is moving too quickly and that my two children (ages 2 and 6) are just growing up too fast. I love the kids they are now, but sometimes I get nostalgic for the baby years and think that maybe the best part of parenting is behind me. I even wonder if I’ll always be a sentimental mess about every parenting stage that has passed.

And then someone wets the bed or eats a bug, and I am reminded that there are definitely some kid moments that I won’t miss at all! I am, for example, looking forward to being done with these:

1. Potty training: I’ll be glad to be done with diapers, but I am tired of wiping pee off the floor.

2. Elaborate bedtime routines: Someday, I’ll just say, “Hey, time for bed!” and I’ll have a child who is old enough to reliably brush his own teeth and go to bed instead of doing an hour-long production of lost loveys, missing cups of water, multiple monster checks, and “just one more kiss!” pleas that make bedtime the most tiring part of my day now.

3. Nose picking: Some day, social boundaries will kick in, and I won’t see fingers constantly in the nose, right? Please, say yes.

4. The no-naps phase: Ugh. This is the worst. The kid who won’t nap anymore but is a hot cranky mess and falling asleep at the dinner table.

5. Picky eating: Most people eventually eat vegetables again and get over the fear of casseroles and other food that touches. I’m looking forward to that day.

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6. Bed crashing: Teenagers don’t try to sneak into their parents’ bed at night, radiating heat like a furnace and trying to sleep on your head. This is a good thing about teenagers.

7. The “please, stop trying to kill yourself” phase: My daughter has no fear, no sense of consequences, a limited understanding of gravity, and a desire to climb and jump off the highest possible thing she can find. It is exhausting saving her from herself.


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8. Potty talk: I enjoy a good fart joke, but it has been years of farts and butts and bottom jokes now. Please make it stop.

9. Early birding: I just want to sleep until 8 a.m. on a Saturday. Is that too much to ask? According to my kids, yes.

10. The wiping phase: I look forward to a day when the only bottom I’m in charge of wiping is my own.

I’m going to save this list for myself to read when I have a house full of teenagers and I start thinking that everything used to be so much simpler. Something tells me I’ll need it then.

What kid phase won’t you miss?

Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com.

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