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‘You Hold on Tight. Somehow 20 Years Isn’t Enough. When It’s Time for Them to Go, It All Hits You Like a Ton of Bricks.’

When you first have children, we often talk about the challenges of parenting, the struggles of a baby waking in the night, the toddler who won’t stay in their bed, the cost of childcare, injuries from sports…

Having to take off work to pick them up from school when they don’t feel well, helping them with homework, a messy house, the never-ending laundry, the cost to buy school clothes, packing their lunches….

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You watch their eyes light up on Christmas morning and try to soak in the magic of those moments.

You coach them in sports, rushing to practices and ballgames, and tote them all over the country to let them play the game they love, no matter how exhausting or expensive it becomes.

Life is just so busy that you rarely even stop to think what the end of those days look like.

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In fact, it’s not really even something you can wrap your mind around.

You go into it thinking that 18-20 years sounds like a long time.

Then suddenly hours turn into days, days into months, and months into years.

That little person who used to crawl up next to you in bed and cuddle up to watch cartoons suddenly becomes this young adult who hugs you in the hallway as they come and go.

And the chaos and laughter that used to echo throughout your home gets filled with silence and solitude.

You’ve learned how to parent a child who needs you to care for and protect them, but have no clue how the whole ‘letting go’ thing is supposed to work.

So you hold on as tight as you can, wondering how time passed so quickly, feeling guilty that you missed something.

Because even though you had 20 years, it just somehow doesn’t seem like it was enough.

You ask yourself so many questions.

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