When you point blank refuse to go in your buggy and walking ten metres feels like a long mile, one day I know my hand will be empty. So I’ll slow down and hide my frustration with a smile.



When you want your tenth bedtime story,

And I just want to sit down with a drink,

I know one day they’ll be no bedtime book,

So I shall read until your tired eyes start to blink.


When I cook your favourite teatime dish,

Only for it to be thrown all over the floor,

I know one day I’ll rarely see you for dinner,

So I’ll grit my teeth and offer you some more.


When the day is filled with tantrums,

And the screams echo round my head,

I know one day my house will be quiet,

So I’ll not shout but hug you instead.


When the incessant questions and the word why

Are making me tear out my hair,

I know one day I’ll no longer be your answer,

So with patience the interrogation I shall bear.


When you rip me out of a peaceful dream,

And I’m so tired I feel I could weep,

I know one day you’ll no longer need me there,

So I’ll sit with you until you fall back to sleep.


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  • My children are all grown now and I really miss having little ones around the house.


  • I often think about things like this too. They grow up too quick don’t they xo




  • So very true treasure each moment because before long they will be gone


  • At the time you are not really thinking what the future brings only that it should be easier. I was lucky that i got a 2nd chance at this. I enjoyed it more this time round as I know when my little terrors grow up like their older siblings. I know this time there will be no rerun except for my grand daughter trying it out.


  • Makes me paranoid and sad about what I might have already missed out on. :'( Future influence though. Thanks for sharing.


  • What a beautiful poem and how true. Enjoy your children while you can – they grow up too soon.


  • Yes, I absolutely love this. My son is now a teen and I’m longing for those days when I things were simpler, I had more influence than I do now, I was the most important person in the world to him. I am still all of those things, just not so obviously. And he is growing into a wonderful young man, so I know that all the hard work was worth it. I just want my baby back for a little time. The DVDs will have to do it!


  • What a beautiful poem ! It resonates so much patience and love, beautiful !!


  • So true. They grow up and leave home so make the most of the time you have with them. It may be very difficult now, we all make mistakes but we learn from them and comptemplate ways improve our methods. We can only do our best.


  • Lke mj


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