The Stages of Motherhood (Fatherhood)

The Stages of Motherhood (Fatherhood)

4 Years of Age – My Mommy (Daddy) can do anything.

8 Years of Age – My Mom (Dad) knows a lot! A whole lot.

12 Years of Age – My Mother (Father) doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 Years of Age – Naturally, Mother (Father) doesn’t know that, either.

16 Years of Age – Mother (Father)? She’s (He’s) hopelessly old-fashioned.

18 Years of Age – That old woman (man)? She’s (He’s) way out of date.

25 Years of Age – Well, she (he) might know a little bit about it.

35 Years of Age – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s (Dad’s) opinion.

45 Years of Age – Wonder what Mom (Dad) would have thought about it.

65 Years of Age – Wish I could talk it over with Mom (Dad).

I shared those words with family and friends {as I usually do on Mondays}, but they have been haunting me ever since. Perhaps it’s because those are virtually universal sentiments that touch us growing up and nurturing down. In this season of my life, I can see myself — for good or bad — going through the stages AND I can see myself — for good or bad — looking back at my children going through these stages.

It’s not just parental; it’s relational. The stages are the same. There is a time when our parents (loves) can do no wrong. Then the doubt creeps in as we try to blend personalities. Unfortunately, sometimes we can’t get beyond the “me” and the relationship (even family relationships} fizzle. But there are other time when we mature enough to value the life experiences of others, often seeking their opinions. And I think we nail it when we realize those opinions have helped shape our thought. If we’re lucky (blessed), we do wonder what Mom/Dad (loves) would have thought and wish we could talk it over with Mom/Dad (loves).

It reminded me of the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1, To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 

Look up. Look back. Enjoy each stage of motherhood/fatherhood/relationships.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Trust takes so long to build. Treasure the trust you have with people and don’t jeopardize it.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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