Yesterday, when I was
going through a tough bootcamp playing with Allysa in the playground. I had a “Aha moment”. I totally understand why the wise (always) strongly advises to have kids when you are young. (and we thought it was bulls*%#!)
|Remember the 13 year old Dad and 15 year old Mum? Okay, this is definitely way too young.|
At a mere 11 months, this little girl is definitely the Jane of the jungle.
She can crawl up the slide (yes, UP!), then up the stairs to the highest point of the equipment. And she is not afraid. Many times, she attempts to do a “headfirst slide” down the tallest slide or stand handsfree near the edge of the slide. My heartbeats stop, many times.
And with such adventurous and gung-ho baby, there’s no way I can take a step back and sit by the sideline like all the other adults at the playground do. Neither do I want to cradle her in my arms at the playground which is really oxymoron. Of course, this playground veteran, who begins her career since 5 months old, will not succumb to that fate either.
So that goes back to my “Aha moment” and I’m glad that I’m still energetic (enough) to keep her safe while having fun together. It’s not difficult neither an easy feat to climb and up the equipment with a baby. For your information, while she crawls up the slide, I lunge my way up the platform by the side so I can make sure I stay as close to her as possible. That is a pretty big step. And probably the only adult you can find inside(literally) the playground too.
Taking care of kids is definitely physically demanding. Let’s just cite an example: grabbing and lugging a crying kid who demands to buy the latest Barbie set away from the toy store? Oh, and if the kid decides to throw a rebel by kicking and escaping from your clutches? This definitely needs a whole deal of strength and stamina. And how about being there to celebrate your kid’s Firsts and big milestones? Like his first walk, his first day of school, his first relationship, heartbreaks, his wedding and his first kid or grandkid? (maybe I’m thinking too far... but still...)
While you are having second thoughts and still making your uber-perfect family plan, for the love of your (future) kids, STOP!
So have you wished you had read this article earlier?
Make hay while the sun shines, have kids when you are young.
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