The Best Years of Our Lives

Written by: Lindsay Bantis, Blogger

Here is a short and sweet reminder for all of us navigating the parenting world.

When we were on vacation this winter we met this wonderful couple. Their boys were full grown one was going into law enforcement and the other a firefighter. They enjoyed watching us with the girls and even got in some play time. I remember at one point or another both of them had said to Angelo and I “they are only this young for a short time, enjoy it, these will be the best years of your lives” . . . I remember laughing and rolling my eyes.

In that moment it was hard to see it, but the other night I stood in the kitchen cooking dinner, watching my husband chase Stella and Evva around the island trying to soak up all those giggles before bedtime that I realized it’s true.

Sometimes amongst the sleepless nights (Evva still gets up multiple times at night) and the endless piles of laundry, and the cooking of dinners- we forget that these are the moments that we need to enjoy and savour. The laundry and the dishes can wait until we read a book or sing a song together, these are the moments in 30 years we will look back and cherish.  So chase them around the island one more time, sing “row row your boat” (don’t forget the verse with the crocodile) and just soak it up Mama’s because it doesn’t last forever.

About brendaandrew

I am super excited to be the new Program Director for the Newmarket/Aurora area. With roots in the area and as a mom myself of two young boys, I know the challenges that Moms have in needing good information to help with raising baby, wanting to get out of the house and have time to bond not just with your baby but with other moms who are going through similar challenges and life experiences as you. I had wanted to be part of Mommy Connections for a few years before I joined. For some reason, I went back to a full time marketing corporate type job after my first child, because I thought it was the right and responsible thing to do, and didn't really enjoy it because it took me away from spending time with my son. Before my son, the corporate marketing gig was great, but I found upon returning to work, my priorities had changed, as it does for most Moms. WIth the job market in my field of work being really difficult after my second son was born, I was finding it hard to find full time work again. I made it my goal to find something that was going to work for me and my family and knew that I had to be resourceful. I ended up doing some marketing freelancing and consulting and then revisited the idea of becoming a Mommy Connections Director. I felt that at this particular time in my life it is the perfect solution for me to use my marketing and event expertise, do what I love, and also have the flexibility to be there for my kids. A match made in heaven. So here I am. And I couldn't be happier. I look forward to meeting all you Moms in the area. If you're anything like me - the more information and support I can get when it comes to raising my kids - the better.