The other day, a friend’s little 6 year old daughter asked me, “Do you still call your boys your babies?” It seems her mom still does that to her and she was beginning to wonder why.
“Of course!” I responded. “They’ll always be my babies!”
She gave me an adorable little chuckle, then looked at her mom as if so say, “Okay mom, I guess you can keep calling me your baby.”
As moms, do we ever stop thinking of our children as our babies? No we don’t rock them to sleep or sing them lullabies (unless they’re really sick, of course—then all bets are off), but they are still our babies, right?
Though my role as mom will evolve as my boys age, there are some things I will never stop doing for them—whether they’re 9, 29 or 59:
- Saying “I’m proud of you.”
- Encouraging them to be their own person.
- Picking them up when they fall.
- Accepting them for who they are—flaws and all.
- Hugging and kissing them. (Try to stop me.)
- Being open, honest and respectful towards them. Treating them as equals.
- Laughing with them. Laughing at them. Letting them laugh at me.
- Talking to them. Listening to them. Asking how they’re doing.
- Forgiving them.
- Saying, “I love you.”
My boys are now, and forever will be, my babies.