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By Angie Sutton
It seems like yesterday when I was begging to get a pair of Batman pajamas off my son Cameron just long enough to throw them in the laundry.
Now Cameron is a graduate of the class of 2013.
We have all heard the sayings, “don’t blink,” “time flies” and “they grow up before you know it.” Today I truly understand those words.
My life is filled with college plans, apartment hunting and furniture shopping. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I’m excited that Cameron is starting a new chapter in his life, but the mom in me is already experiencing the empty-nest syndrome.
I miss my little Batman, but I am so proud when I look 7 inches up and see the fine young man that Cameron has become.
Parenting is a rewarding but challenging job. It will test your patience, break your heart and make you so proud you literally feel you’re going to explode. I found the most challenging part of parenting is watching your child struggle and feeling his pain when he is sad and hurt.
What I learned from these experiences is they made Cameron stronger. You want to protect your children from the pain of the real world, but ultimately those struggles prepare them for life.
In parenting, you have to remember three important things: Listen, learn and love.
Listen. Listen to your children, ask questions and stay involved in their lives. When children become teenagers, it can be very difficult to even have a conversation, but these are the most important times.
Learn. It’s funny how we are supposed to teach and guide our children, but they can teach us—their parents—so much. Cameron has reminded me to believe in myself, be honest and never give up.
Love. Tell your children every day how much you love them. They can never hear it enough.
Parenting…what an amazing experience. To the class of 2013, I wish you all the best of luck. To the parents of young children, I offer two words of advice: Don’t blink. Appreciate and enjoy every moment.
I guess it’s time to let my Batman spread his wings and fly, and I look forward to the next chapter.
Angie Sutton is general manager of The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email her at email@example.com.