Why does childhood go so fast? a.k.a. can somebody stop the growing up train?

Why does childhood go so fast

Can somebody please stop the growing up train? Because here’s the thing…the growing up is going way too fast for my liking! The picture above was taken four years ago yet it literally feels like I have blinked and here we are…..

worried about your child starting school

I have to admit – there have been many times when I wished that “this phase would just pass” – the endless night’s of a crying baby, the fearsome tantrums of the toddler years. But now we’re through all of that and we’ve finally reached the golden age of childhood as being a five year old is commonly referred to – I want to slam on the growing up breaks! I want a serious growing up speed restriction to be enforced because the rate at which everything is passing is just quite frankly making my head spin.

Because here we are at a new school year, with the joyous reception year now behind us, looking year 1 in the face, with E having turned five over the summer. I’m just not ready for things to get serious yet. I’m not ready for another step to be taken towards growing up and that loss of innocence. I know we have a good few years left of it before the dramas will begin, but it all feels like one of those crazy cuckoo clocks that has gone out of control in the cartoons – with the hands of time whizzing past uncontrollably.

Just like I can’t stop the train which is hurtling me towards 40 – nor can I stop the growing up train that is whizzing my daughter through childhood, passing through milestone upon milestone at break neck speed at a million miles an hour into the horizon of her future.

birthday letter to my daughter

This is the bitter sweet agony of watching your children grow up all too fast when the memory of them laid upon your breast, bleating and blood-stained on the day they were born feels like only yesterday, years on. When those hours spent snoozing all day and crying all night feel like a blurry lifetime ago.

Today I wave off my darling daughter to year 1, tomorrow I will be waving her off for her first solo car trip, or sobbing because I realise the house is empty because she has left to go to university.

Of course I know there will be many, many moments – both good and bad in-between as the train continues to rush past like a high speed bullet; but I will do everything in my power to slow down and enjoy what we have moment by moment, because I know I can’t stop this growing up train, and neither can she.

Five years on those words that irked the hell out of me when offered in kindness during those baby days “Enjoy them while they can because they grow up so fast” have finally hit home.

new parents worry

I know that in a blink of an eye, I will be wondering where those childhood days went and I’ll be wondering how on earth my little superhero grew up so fast. And what’s more, I know I won’t be alone. Because we will all be sat there wondering the same thing, won’t we?

birthday letter to my daughter

Do you wish someone could stop the growing up train? Do leave and comment and share how you feel about the passing of childhood and let me know if you are also feeling like this at the start of the new school year (and perhaps every year!).

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  1. Oh gosh I wish I could stop my 2 from growing up! I definitely wish hard moments away, but know I’ll regret it in years to come 🙁

  2. I totally know what you mean. My boy just started Primary 4, and I’m like “how is he half way through school already?” Seems like yesterday that he started.

  3. It’s tough because part of me is like ah I’m so looking forward to seeing your future and what you get up to but the other part of me wishes some days were a little bit longer. I don’t want there to be that last cuddle, or last ‘mummy’ – I’m not ready for that from my big girl just yet! She’s just started Year 3!!! #coolmumclub

  4. There are some days I wish the time would go quickly! But then there are the days when I see glimpses of my son when he was a little baby (like now that he’s lost three top teeth!) #coolmumclub

  5. I’m with you. Stop the train or at least let’s have a long delay. My daughter will be a teenager in November (OMG!!!!!) and my son is growing too fast – nearly 9 now. #CoolMumClub

  6. Awww, look a little baby E – what a cutie! I know exactly what you mean and boy those new school years come round way too quick. Makes it all the more precious.
    And who can believe, three years of #CoolMumClub too! xx

  7. I’ve just waved my eldest off to reception and it is so unbelievable just how fast the years seem to go. I would love to go back to those sleepy, newborn cuddles at 3am again, but I can’t wait to see the person my daughter will become. #CoolMumClub

  8. I know how you feel! My baby bear just started his last year of elementary school. He’s going to be 12 at the end of this year and I’m still trying to piece together how it went so fast. Just the other day I was watching him play video games with his older brother (another way too fast situation) and was remembering when he was 3 years old and couldn’t fit his little hand around his dad’s controller. He got so frustrated too because he wanted to be big like his daddy and big brother. Now he practically runs Minecraft and mods and such that are way over my head and all I think now is where did my baby go? It’s such a joy watching them grow but at the same time you want to keep them little for as long as possible. I’m right there with you! #CoolMumClub

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