There comes a time in every parent’s life when they have to accept that their little ones are getting older and that someday they are going to become adults. That moment might come sooner for certain parents, and others might not let it settle in until their kids are grown and having kids of their own.
No matter when it happens, it’s got to be a jarring moment and one that is full of a wide range of emotions.
Scary Parent No More
You would think that once your children find out that they can look you in the eye, a little bit of that power that parents hold over their kids disappears.
Growing Kids With A Growing Appetite
When your kids are going through a growth spurt, it’s crazy how big their appetite is. Someday, they’re going to go from their cute plastic Frozen dishes to full-size adult plates.
Soon There Will Be No Leftovers
Eventually, the day will come when he’s going to eat all of his food and then also his mom’s, and there are going to be no leftovers for anyone. It’s better fresh anyway.
That Would Be Upsetting At First
If it were me in that situation, I might still give my kid a talking-to about how smoking and gambling can be dangerous and encourage them to make smart life decisions.
Sounds Like A Good Grown-Up
This would be such a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, your son is moving out and that’s sad. But, on the other hand, you raised someone who has the makings of a successful adult.
Airports Can Be Confusing
It’s always interesting to see the parts of you in your child and then grow to recognize the parts of you that they don’t have. That combination of things makes them their own person.
Does She Still Believe In Santa?
She doesn’t believe in the Tooth Fairy anymore! Let’s hope that she keeps that to herself so she doesn’t upset any of her peers who might not be there yet.
All The Feels!
Seeing your child follow their dreams and actually make them come true would feel amazing. I don’t know about you, but I would feel extra safe in a plane my son was flying.
That’s A Big Responsibility
Voting is one of the biggest responsibilities there is, and to see your kid making informed decisions about how they think the country should be run would fill you with pride.
Carrying Her Own Backpack?!
Is it just me, or is seeing a kid carrying around a backpack that’s basically as big as they are one of the cutest things ever? Someday they’ll grow into them, but not too soon.
Some People Never Learn
Learning how to drift in Mario Kart is one of those things that a lot of people don’t even learn how to do because it’s so complicated and something a lot of people just don’t think of.
TikTok Dances? That’s A Cool Mom
This mom should be really happy that she has the kind of relationship with her daughter that she does. Not everyone is lucky enough to have their daughter trust them with their feelings.
A Scary Feeling
First off, I think it’s great that this dad is helping with the laundry. Shoutout for that. But it has to be a strange feeling knowing that your little girl is growing into a woman.
Time Goes By Fast
The amount that a person changes between 11 and 18 is so wild, it’s almost like they end up being a different person. It’s nice to see the bits of their childhood selves shine through, though.
A Very Heavy Conversation
Discussing the scary stuff in life is really difficult, but they’re all conversations that we need to have with our children, no matter what age they are. You don’t want life to take them by surprise.
The Dreaded Math Homework
If it were me, I would have to tell my kid that I was never going to be able to help them with their math homework because it would always be beyond me.
Like Meeting Again For The First Time
Seeing your kid as an adult is so much like meeting them for the first time after they’re born. You brought his beautiful person into the world and you’re excited to see what they’re going to do.
Copying Someone Is The Greatest Form Of Flattery
Maybe this little girl looks up to their aunt so much that they wanted to be like her, including speaking in the sarcastic tone that little girl hears coming from her aunt.
This Is Heartbreaking
These are the kinds of changes that you never think of happening, but they do! As your kids get older, the way they relate to you changes, which is so sad but also exciting.
Children In Glasses Are Too Cute
I always think it’s so cute and funny to see something like glasses, which I always just think are adult-sized, the right size for a kid. It’s like a mini set of glasses on your mini-you.
When Kids Grow Up, They See Things Differently
When you can start to relate to your child as an adult, they tend to see how hard you worked for them and how much you owe them. Especially if you gave them a hard time.
Everyone Loves Pasta
This could just be her inner love for pasta coming to the surface, because let’s be real: pasta is delicious, and it’s something that we can all get behind, no matter what age you are.
Adversity Teaches Us A Lot
No matter how hard you try, life is going to be difficult at times, even the people you love. When you see your kid work their way through it, and support other people through it, it’s a good feeling.
Ah Yes, The Talk
Having the talk with your kids is so important, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be a bit shocking to see that your kids have already gotten there.
He Handled That Like A Champ
Being able to deescalate a situation that well is a skill that a lot of adults don’t even have, so his parents should feel proud of the work they’ve done to help him get to that place.
The Big Things In Life
If there is anything that’s going to make you think that your kid is all grown up, it’s when they start doing “adult” things like buying a house, becoming a parent, or getting married.
Their Priorities Change
It’s going to be a big learning curve, understanding how to reason with your child as their priorities change. Eventually, being sent to their room might not be the worst thing that could ever happen to them.
That’s A Good Life Lesson
When your kids are the ones that are hitting you with life lessons, it’s a wild feeling. You know you raised someone who is going to be a successful human when they make sense like that.
Not All Growing Up Moments Are Great
When your kids become old enough to fight with each other in a way that’s different from how they did when they were little, it’s weird to see what kind of person they’re going to be. Will they take cheap shots? Will they be reasonable?
It All Comes Down To This
All every parent wants is for their kids to live better than they did. So, when they are able to surpass you in certain things, like basketball, it’s exciting but also a bummer.