I'm quickly approaching 40. Approaching middle age? Or climbing over the top of that "hill". My perspective on parenting has changed a lot.
I know that my kids need my time and attention more now than ever before. They have begun dealing with their own emotional issues. Life is more serious and directional. It's no longer about first steps, first foods, etc.
I always thought the important years were the baby/toddler years but truthfully, life with kids gets more complex as they age. I'm am enjoying how independent they are but I am reminded everyday that they need guidance, support, tough love, and hugs. I hug my boys everyday. I want them to know when their heads hit their pillows each night that they are loved and protected:)
I would love to find more bloggers of school age children....