It was a normal weekday evening in our house and after our busy days, hubby and I were relaxing on the couch with Mr 12 & Miss 9 – and our new puppy, Harley.

I felt good. Yes, we were only watching TV, but I told everyone how much I enjoyed this time together, to which Mr 12 responded: “Me too mum. Heaps of kids go to their bedrooms, but I really like being here with you.”

Well, with life about to take a drastic change for us, it took all my being not to ‘tear up’. I am doing this a bit too often at the moment. Because I know that this special time with my son is running out.

He will be in high school next year, becoming a teenager. It will be a time of new beginnings – big changes not just for my son, but for me too.

My son has always been the cuddly, caring; emotional one who loved his mummy cuddles. But puberty is now just around the corner. No more lingering cuddles – short hugs will have to suffice.

While I am sad by the changes, the young man he is becoming also intrigues me. He has started playing bass guitar – and is pretty good at it if I may say so myself. Not sure where that talent comes from.

His confidence has grown. I catch his excitement at starting life at his new school but will also share in his sorrow as lifelong friends go different ways.

And I am so thankful that I’ve had an amazing 13 years since I fell pregnant with my first child – and hope for a lifetime more to come.

Do you have a child starting prep or Year 7 next year? How are you feeling?

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  • They sure do grow up fast.


  • I have a long way to go yet but was just talking about this with my mum the other day. As kids we’re oblivious to how our parents may be feeling about us. Some of the things my mum told me absolutely broke my heart, particularly about my brothers. Thankfully they have grown up now and matured but mums worry never stops.


  • Their are so many life stages for kids, they’re a constant learning curve for sure. The teenage years are particularly tough. I too have a son exactly like the one above. He’s 25 now and hasn’t changed, being a teen didn’t change him, he’s wonderful


  • sounds awesome and looks great


  • Big milestones like starting school, high school, uni etc can be a big challenge to the child, even more so for the parents!


  • my boy starts kindy next year. it doesn’t phase me as he will be ready by then and goes to day care now. its sad that they grow so quickly now.


  • To be honest, you’ll be surprised how boys still allow you to cuddle them even when they’re big and grown (well at least they think they are :P), more for you now, more for them =)


  • what a beautiful article it is such a lovely read thank you, lets hope everything goes smoothly my little girl is in year six this year as well and she started to get the pubity emotions and additude last year lets hope she mellows out a bit this year as she eases on with it.


  • My son is entering Year 9 — another huge transition as he leaves the younger part of Secondary School and not quite into the Senior part. I’m very excited by the program his school is offering as it acknowledges that this is a trying year in more ways than one for both females and males and I look forward to how it pans out.


  • I know where you are coming from. My son started year 7 last year but it didn’t really change the snuggles etc all that much however this summer I’ve noticed a marked difference. Not bad (most of the time) just different – much more mature and independent.


  • He sounds really sweet, you are very lucky he still loves his cuddles!


  • I understand how you feel, but it gets better. I have had one start uni last year and the other is now heading into her last year of high school. Scary times. And our family times are becoming less frequent as boys come into the scene and romances blossom.But more life experiences to discover.


  • Have a miss going into year 7 and as she said to me Mum last year of my childhood has pasted I have grown up to fast. This being said as she was running out the door to climb into a tree to read another book


  • I am at this stage now my eldest son is 13 and is starting year 7 this year, my youngest son will be following in 2 years time. They grow up so quickly!!


  • My second is starting school this year and I just can’t believe the years have gone by so quickly. I’m going to miss him like crazy when he’s at school five days!


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