growing up
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I know you are growing up when…
You slither away from my lap because your friends are watching
I know you are growing up when…
You turn up your nose at your less-than-favorite veggies
I know you are growing up when…
You read your bedtime stories instead of hearing them from me
I know you are growing up when…
You offer to carry your own bags because I am carrying too many
I know you are growing up when…
You remember your homework without my having to look into your diaries
I know you are growing up when…
You refuse to kiss me in public
I know you are growing up when…
You want to cross the busy street on your own
I know you are growing up when…
You no longer need me to make you new friends
I know you are growing up when…
When the dress I pick is not good enough for you
I know you are growing up when…
Your questions about the world around us never cease
I know you are growing up when…
You understand when I tell you that I don’t know the answers for everything
I know you are growing up when…
I see you making peace with your differences

I know you are growing up , my darlings!
what is left to see is whether I am grown up enough to handle your growing up!

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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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