Just wait, young moms.

Just wait until your babies and toddlers and preschoolers and young children grow up and turn into teenagers and young adults.

Just wait.

They’re adorable now, but just wait until they grow up.

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Then they’ll still be adorable, but they’ll also be beautiful, and it will be even better than that because you’ll know just how deep beneath the surface that beauty goes.

They’re precious now, but just wait until they grow up.

Then they’ll still be precious, but they’ll also be wise and thoughtful and insightful and interesting and funny and fascinating.

They need you now, but just wait till they grow up.

Then they’ll still need you, but in deeper, wider ways that go beyond scraped knees and get to scraped hearts that you’ll have the weighty privilege of helping to heal.

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They love you now, but just wait till they grow up.

Then they’ll still love you, but it will be love of choice, love of intention, love that’s been through some fires and come out stronger on the other side.

They trust you now, but just wait till they grow up.

Then they’ll still trust you, but it will be a trust you’ve earned over all the years, a trust they’ve earned back, so that it goes both ways.

Just wait, mamas.

Just wait. It will be worth it.

This post originally appeared on Guilty Chocoholic Mama

 

Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Spencer is mom to two daughters (one teen and one young adult) who regularly dispense love, affection, and brutally honest fashion advice. She writes about faith, food, and family (with some occasional funny thrown in) at Guilty Chocoholic Mama and avoids working on her 100-year-old farmhouse by spending time on Facebook and Twitter.