However, I appreciated the perspective. It was good advice. Like the time I was in the produce section of another grocery store and a lady stopped me to count my children as I was counting out tomatoes. "You have four," she stated, much to my relief that I hadn't lost anyone along the way. "I had five. You don't remember the bad times....only the good." I smiled and thanked her. I try to remember that during long sleepless nights and intense disciplinary procedures and weeks of sickness.
I talked to another mom of two great, college-aged kids bemoaning a repeated behavior problem in one of my children. She told me not to worry about behaviors that they wouldn't do when they were adults. "My child used to stand on his chair at mealtime," she said. "But, I never see adults standing on their chairs, so I didn't stress about it." Kind of a variation on, "No one ever goes off to college in diapers." This piece of advice helps a lot in a household of three boys!
So I stay on my knees. A lot. Sometimes it's beside my bed at home. Other times it's in the middle of the produce section coaxing a child to get. up. right. now. I have a feeling it's something that I will have to do when they are adults, too. Because the days really are going by quickly.