Parentisms: Time [isn’t] In A Bottle

“Parentisms” is a little series offering tiny mantras and quick thoughts on the nature of parenting. My hope is that these little perspective framers will be a boon for parents of all sorts, regardless of your particular philosophy or approach.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Time. No, not the magazine — but the slip through your fingers, gone before you know it, wish I could go back and just…, catches up with all of us kind of Time. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fleeting, people! And As Ferris Bueller so aptly put it, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

The other day I was talking to a mom of three, whose youngest is  3 months. She started to say, but then caught herself first and offered the intro: “I know everyone always says this…”, (and she’s right, we all do say it) “but they just grow up sooo fast.” And she’s right about that, too. These kids we have trundling around our ankles and knees — well it’ll be a blink before they are shoulder to shoulder with us and out the door.

And although all parents say it, and we’ve all felt it — as the birthdays roll by at a blistering pace — we can still get caught up with things that won’t matter nearly as much in the long run as spending time with our children. We can still get distracted, we can still lose perspective, and we can still forget to notice the weeds shooting up before us. We’ve got to stop and enjoy it, savor the experience, and allow the moment to fill us, or we’ll miss it. And I’m not just talking about missing seconds, here.

So, may I encourage you (and me) to take the opportunity, today, to invest some time in the people, experiences, and moments that really matter. Let us stop the carousel of daily goings-on at least long enough to look our children in the faces, connect with the person each is becomming, and share some of their racing time with ourselves — while we still have the chance. Now, I’ve got that Jackson 5 song stuck in my head: “You better stop, the love you save may be your own…”

Enjoy the fleeting moments of your child’s childhood, friends, and


Be well.

About Nathan M McTague, CPCC, CPDPE

I am a full-time parent of three, Writer, Life Coach, Lecturer, Parenting Mentor, and Shamanic Practitioner. In all of the above, I am seeking to assist my fellow humans in their processes of claiming and unleashing their highest potentials.
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5 Responses to Parentisms: Time [isn’t] In A Bottle

  1. I love my life.
    I love my life partner.
    I love my children.
    I love your blog as it helps me connect to all of the above.
    Thank you.
    Keep sharing.

    • Thank you so very much for this Seema. It has come back to me often in the last few days. The first portion is like a mantra that I join in with you. The second portion makes me want to weep with gratitude.

      Thank you again.

      Be well.

  2. Janel says:

    Thank you for your blog. You remind that my son is BEAUTIFUL, inquisitive, spirited, loving, worthy, and blissfully normal. I am HUMAN, fallible, loving and not alone. This parenting stuff is HARD especially when the village is either absent or busy. Your words resonate with me and allow me to breathe, smile, laugh, cry and know we are not alone and there are always different ways to look at something.
    Thank you!

    • Janel —

      Thank you so much for your sweet appreciation and for your authenticity. I am so so pleased to hear that you are finding some value in this blog — that is my sincerest hope fulfilled! I want nothing more than to empower, encourage, and empathize with all the parents in our mutual (if virtual) village.

      You are so very welcome. And thank you, again, too!

      Be well.

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