2017…UGH…I mean, YAY!
My kids will turn 19, 16 and 11 in 2017.
Even though I love many elements of this stage of family life, there is always a part of me that wants them to be 7, 4 and fresh outta the oven.
Last night I got a little teary while watching a funny sitcom, The Goldbergs, with my family.
I tried to hide my surprise attack of tears by thinking about EVERYTHING else.
It was the Hanukkah episode and there was a moment between Beverly, the mom and her teen daughter at the end of the episode.
Beverly decided to be honest and admit how much she missed the days when her little girl just wanted to dress up and perform for her mama.
Erica, the surly but good hearted teen daughter, empathized with her mom. They had a heartfelt moment quietly remembering back on the childhood magic of yesterday that the two of them shared.
You could sense the beautiful memories between both mother and daughter in that quick scene on the show.
Right now, you may feel far away from being a parent of a teen child.
I know some of you might feel mired down in the not so beautiful moments with your kiddos in your current reality.
Trust me, I have those not so great moments too.
As I try to embrace the next year involving 19, 16, and 11, I invite you to join me as we work together to make 2017 the best memory making year yet.