I know you can all remember vividly the birth of your child, how you carried the baby in your hands that bundle of joy. You witnessed their first cry, their first smile, their first laughter; you can still remember everything with joy. You were there all through the firsts of their lives.
They soon graduated from being that little baby to a toddler, who crawled and scattered the whole house. Even though you were angry at times, you were still glad that you had children that could scatter the home.
Then all of a sudden they are in their teenage years and you wish you can turn back the hands of time to when they were still babies, how did they grow so fast! They act all matured but you tell them they are still small. Once a soldier always a soldier, so once a baby, always a baby in your eyes even when they are in their thirties and married.
We know that it is not easy to let go of those memories of their childhood which you hold on to dearly and we are not about to snatch it from your hands. However we need you to understand and accept that your sweet babies won’t be babies forever, they will grow. The young shall grow and they need to be entrusted with responsibilities else they become a liability when they are all grown because they have learnt to depend on you.
Discover their talents, skills and abilities and help them develop it. We plead that you do not impose your ambitions on them when they are cut out for something else. Entrust responsibilities to them at a tender age. Train them to be responsible, courteous, independent, and useful individuals for themselves and the society. Financial independence, morals and other necessary things are also important and when they grow up they will not depart from it.
Your children will not always be babies and toddlers, they will grow and when they eventually grow into adulthood, it is what you imbibed in them from childhood that will show forth.
Love from your children.