Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this space for me to share my corner of the world.

Does parenting ever get easy?

I have been doing this for almost 24 years.

I made it through 
the late night bottles
the chicken pox
the school days
the friend drama
the broken hearts
the disappointments
the attitudes

I always thought that parenting older children
would be easier.

It takes less time,
and I have more time for myself.


I still stay up late
worrying about where they are 
and what they are doing.

I still wonder if they are happy with their chosen paths.

I still pick up their shoes and dirty socks.

I still grumble when they take all of the hot water

I still help them with research papers and lesson plans.

I still cook meals they eat hours after we have already eaten.

I still move over on the couch to make room for them.


I also still smile that they are both still at home.

Maybe I don't want parenting to get easy? 


  1. This is a great look at the other side of parenting. I feel like I am about to enter a transition phase myself, with my kids getting ready to go off to college. I'm not sure I'm ready, but you give me hope, Leigh Anne.


  2. The loving never stops. It is painful and time consuming at times but you wouldn't trade it for anything else. My last kid is going to college too. Eeek. So hard. A big part of me wishes she'd just stay at home and go locally!

  3. It doesn't stop. I've had both grown children, spouses & grandchildren move in at one time or another, for house redoes, and it's always been fun. Enjoy it and maybe it will be easier later, but not as much fun.

  4. I have so much to learn! I keep saying to my Mr. that we are in a sweet spot right now. We can go, and do, and not worry about attitudes, diaper bags, or snack time. And they still want to hang out with us! But I know those days are fleeting. I'm trying to have as much fun as we can.

  5. Really loved this slice, Leigh Anne.