The ultimate list of things parents will miss about our children when they’re older

miss about our children when they're olderYou know what they say about life as a parent…long days, short years. When parenting gets tough, as it frequently does, we can be tempted to wish away the hours until bedtime, but what about all those amazing moments that make being a parent all worthwhile? All those incredible heart melting little things that we know we will miss about our children when they’re older.

We hear it every single day….they grow up so fast and before you know it –  as the old wise ones say – boom! they are leaving home. So today, I’ve called on fab fellow parenting bloggers to collectively forget about the tears and tantrums and shine a light on all the wonderful things that we can sometimes take for granted as parents and that we’ll massively  miss about our children when they’re older.

The kisses and the cuddles. I think I’ll miss those the most. – The Mum Diaries 

That one day they won’t need me – they’ll be big enough to do stuff for themselves. – Winging it With Two Boys 

Those chats about everything and nothing. When you literally sit chatting for hours and I know one day they won’t have time for that. – Soph Obsessed  

When they squeeze in the bath with you most evenings! – Katy Kicker  

Holding hands. There’s nothing like feeling their warm little hand in yours and thinking “I grew you. How incredible is that?” – Make Do and Push  

miss about our children when they're older

Being the first person they want to tell/share everything with. – Twinderelmo 

Reading bedtime stories. – Odd Socks and Lollipops  

How they make you laugh and smile every single day. Even on bad days. – My Boys Club  

Nuzzling  them in the neck! You know when you kiss them and breathe them all in at the same time. – Mumma Scribbles 

Being their absolute favourite person in the whole world. – Sandy Toes and Scooters  

Being able able to lift them up and give them kisses and cuddles up in my arms. – Dolly Dowsie

Bath times. We have a ritual – my husband plays his guitar and sings and we all sing along. It is magical. – Mrs H’s Favourite Things  

That at the moment I’m her whole world and she is mine. She’ll always be mine but I know that I won’t always be hers. – Mummy In a Tutu  

The craziness in the house. When they get older they won’t want to dance madly around the living room to Disney anymore!! – Emma Reed 

Their heir sense of wonder and the funny little questions they ask! It’s a big, exciting world when you’re small and I hope they always keep that sense of adventure.  – Nicola Says 

Going to watch my boys play football. Hopefully it won’t end and we’ll still be there at West Ham watching them as adults! – Mrs Mummy Penny 

The look of love in my baby’s  eyes as I am feeding him. I well up whenever I think about it ending. – Verily Victoria Vocalises 

That absolute innocence that seems to disappear so rapidly. Childhood is short so I want to enjoy every minute. – Living With A Jude 

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Bedtime cuddles and the way they cuddle up to you before bed, talking about their day and asking random questions. – Relentlessly Purple 

How they  innocently believe you can solve any problem. – Mummy Travels 

Waking up and discovering a little warm body has somehow appeared in the bed overnight. – Pink Pear Bear  

The kiss I give at night time when I go in to check on my son. I love seeing him smile in his sleep. – The London Mum  

The daft words they say when they are trying hard to get it right. They grow out of them and although that’s right, it’s always a shame. – The Brick Castle 

The little things that they find joy and humour in, I almost fear for the day when sound of a trump isn’t the funniest thing in the world! – Life With Boys  

Seeing my daughter all kitted out in her ballet gear and skipping down the road in absolute innocent delight in it. – Motherhood: The Real Deal 

The ultimate list of things parents will miss about our children when they're older

Well I don’t know about you but I am feeling incredibly emotional after writing that. What will you miss most about your children when they’re older? Do share in a comment below.

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35 comments

  1. Time really does fly and has a parent of two now in their 20’s you do still get hugs, only big bear hugs where you can’t breathe. There are still plenty of moments to cherish

  2. I must admit this post brought a tear to my eye… thinking about all the things I’m going to miss when my two little ones grow up. It will fly by too, its so important to make the most of it whilst there still little.

  3. Oh gosh. I’m going to miss all of these things and so much more. My daughter is 4 on Saturday and I’m scared about how fast it has gone already. I used to love picking her up and carrying her around, but now she’s getting too heavy, so that’s one thing I’m definitely going to miss. x

  4. I guess my parents must be feeling this now since we’ve all left the nest and though we try to spend as much time with them as possible. its not always the same as when we lived at home

  5. Thank you for all the lovely comments it’s so nice the response this post got – it obviously tugged at a few heart strings!

  6. Don’t miss it, live it! With a child turning 18 on Friday, it does change but it also gets better in other ways. Enjoy the ride parents. Xxx #coolmumclub

  7. Love love love this. Pick up cuddles is the biggest one for me. I had surgery last summer and was unable to lift anything more than a cup for 6 weeks. I was honestly prepared to never be able to pick up anything more than 5kg for life which of course meant no more pick up cuddles ever. I cannot tell you how much I cried picking up and cuddling my littles for the last time before my op. I’m relieved to say that all went well and now 9 months later we’re back to the “up-duddles” after all! ❤ I think I’ll still be trying to pick them up when they’re 23! Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub xx

  8. Oooh I do love this post. I spend a lot of time shuttling between being exasperated by my kids needing me to do everything from them, and dreading the day they don’t need me any more! xx #coolmumclub

  9. Yes, but you get other things that kind of compensate. Watching the Tubblet becoming her own person and being able to argue her case against Brexit coherently with older members of her family was lovely. I was so proud!

  10. Yes to all of these! Their little hands as they grow up. Being their favorite person in the whole world. Sometimes it is hard because you have no personal time or space but in the blink of an eye it will be over. #coolmumclub

  11. My baby is only 5 months old so this is like a list of what I’ve got to come and I’m already emotional that one day it will be gone! They actually do grow up so fast! There’s always something new to enjoy though.
    #coolmumclub

  12. It’s funny because I’m ALWAYS moaning about how the kids are so demanding, but I’m sure the day they no longer need me, I’ll be totally lost…

    Gorgeous post, that makes me want to go and give them one more bedtime hug. In fact, I think I will.

    Happy Easter #CoolMumClub Partner in crime! x

  13. So many things on this list brought a tear to my eye. I’m not ready to think about it just yet xx#coolmumclub

  14. I love this post. So many things that are beautiful about parenthood in amongst all the challenges that daily life brings. I know I will miss the way my girls love to snuggle with me, the way they tell me several times a day that I’m their favourite mummy and the feel of those little hands in mine. #coolmumclub

  15. Most days I wish away all the annoying day to day tiresome behaviour
    and then at bedtime I backtrack my thoughts of the day and I panic that they will be grown up in a blink of an eye! x #coolmumclub

  16. This really tugged at my heartstrings! Childhood disappears so quickly and whilst I am proud of how they are maturing, it is sad that they are no longer small #coolmumclub

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