Growing Up

by adustyframe ~ December 11th, 2013

Every year on the first day of school, we make a treat to start the year out right. This started in kindergarten and I didn’t intend it to be a tradition, but James asked each year, “What treat are we making for the first day of school?” so I continued it.

This year he said, “Mom we don’t need to make a treat for the first day of school. I don’t really want to.” He’s starting to try to be careful what he eats and while I’m glad that he’s learning how to take care of his body, it’s a bit sad that he’s getting to big for some of our traditions.  Yes, I know we could make a healthy treat but that isn’t really my point.

Every Christmas since he was 4, he’s made a gingerbread house from one of those little kits. I asked this year if he wants to make a gingerbread house, “No not really.”

I know this is part of growing up and I know that it’s still important to do our traditions–we do many of our traditions still–but these little things that he doesn’t enjoy anymore make me tear up a little. When baby is big enough to start doing traditions, I know James will join in and part of him will enjoy doing them again and he’ll be a good sport to help things be fun for the little guy. But for now, I’m wondering how last year, he was more of a little kid and this year he’s more of a growing up kid.

Time moves way too fast!

Lizzie

2 Thoughts Shared to Growing Up

  1. Mrs. Laura Lane

    Hello Lizzie,
    I find that my younger children, 12, 14, and 16 are outgrowing some of our traditions, too. I’ve been making doll dresses for Christmas for many years. This year, no dresses. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed that little tradition. My heart aches knowing I don’t really have any young children anymore. I know I must embrace the new and enjoy it while I have it.
    Blessings for a very happy year,
    Laura

  2. Becka

    Maybe James is embracing the role of big brother. 🙂 You can start these traditions again with baby and then look forward to sharing them again with grandchildren some day.

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