It occurred to me recently that my husband and I have reached an interesting midpoint in parenting.
Weâ€™ve been parents for 13 years. We have 13 years until our youngest child leaves for college. Weâ€™re halfway to an empty nest. Weâ€™re in the thick of parenting.
Our busyness today is different from our busyness when the kids were little. While weâ€™ve certainly hit a sweet spot (with our daughters ages 13, 11, 9 and 6, we can enjoy them without being physically exhausted and sleep-deprived), weâ€™ve also entered a new stage with moving parts than I expected.
These days, parenting is a game of mental gymnastics. We have 4 kids with 4 distinct personalities and 4 sets of needs. They go in 4 different directions and make 4,000 requests a day for our time, energy, and money.