Children and Happiness


Hello everyone!! πŸ™‚

As a great deal of you already know, I have adult boys (21 and 28). Only the 21 year old is still at home, but is about to move out with a friend.

I found this really stressful and hard to let my baby go, but I know he will grow so much more being in the real world away from mother. Lol!

He has decided to go to uni and study accounting and finance. This makes me happy as his future possibilities will be a lot greater. Gone are the times when you could just go to the local hairdresser and start an apprenticeship or the local mechanic etc etc.. These days you need a degree to do anything! πŸ™‚

Last weekend I babysat my nephews (11, 14). I so loved it. They are so good for me and I love having them around. Their sister, who is 6, stayed only 1 night as my mother had her for the remaining days. The younger boy and her love arguing so we split them up when babysitting! Β My brother and his wife have done such a good job at raising them, they are a pleasure just to be around.

It got me thinking about how happy I was to be a mum of adult children and nana at only 45. Yip, pretty young for all that, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m still young enough to get down on the floor and get down to their level. I think I’m the bigger kid anyway! LMAO Β As a parent we spend so much time teaching and correcting them… And, yes – a fair amount of time yelling at them! Lol And it’s so hard to really take the time to just listen and be with them. Life gets really busy when you have children to raise, work commitments etc. But we need to find the time and by doing that you will be repaid later in life, with children that want to be with you. πŸ™‚

As the aunty/uncle etc this is the privilege that we get, especially if your own children are grown up. I love listening to their thoughts on life and what they want to be when they grow up. I love the banter and laughter that goes on. As our kids get older you see less and less of them. Some of you are probably thinking..Yes!! Lol Β but to be honest when they leave you really feel it. You certainly have more time to do the things you enjoy, but you can’t beat the laughter of children.

So go and hug the little ratbags that are driving you crazy and remember this song –

I hug you all and hope you have a great week!

Hugs Paula xxxx


Filed under My experiences, What makes me happy

27 responses to “Children and Happiness

  1. It is so n ice to see you happy around kids. I have a nephew who is turning a year next month a d he is too cute and friendly when he choose to be πŸ™‚ . But I love his even when he is throwing his tantrums .Hope one day, I will have some of my own πŸ™‚

    • I hope you get to as well. πŸ™‚ My youngest niece is now walking, I missed it as I was still in the U.K. It looks so strange looking at this little girl walking around the place, I love it!! Especially a girl as they are very rare in my family. We are all boy produces. Lol Have a great day. Hugs Paula xxx

  2. I cannot wait for my girls to have babies – I have wanted to be a Nanna for sooo long (yes it’s killing me) I am so pleased that you are having such a wonderful time with your grand-babies, thank you for ‘The Cat’ I do love his songs…walks off singing cat’s in the cradle & the silver spoonnnnnn
    πŸ™‚ xx

    • Hahaha! And I can hear you singing it!! πŸ™‚ I’m going to dance around singing it with you!! Lol
      When you get thoses grand babies you won’t want to give them back.
      Actually not true…We need our sleep!! LMAO hug them, love them and then return them. πŸ™‚ Hugs Mumsy…Paula xxxxooo

  3. I will be where you are one day and I fear it won’t be long when that day comes I look back wishing I hugged them more, listened more, and kissed them more. I makes me sad just thinking about it! I have five children, crazy at is may, but it’s great..after three it’s even better. Thank-you for this post.

    • I understand where your coming from as I’m one of 6 kids. My mum and dad worked their butts off. I love coming from a big family, even with all the arguing that used to go on, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
      Your house would never be dull! Hugs to you for bringing 5 children into this world. πŸ™‚ …Paula xxx

  4. Beautiful post ,my dear friend, children are the adornment of the world!have nice day my friend

  5. Lovely post, Paula. I also treasure the times I get to spend with my kids and grandkids, but living so far away, it’s not nearly as often as I would like. Enjoy your special times together. Hugs to you. xx

    • Me too! πŸ™‚ My grandsons can change my mood from low to high in a second! πŸ™‚ And when my sons pick me up and hug me, I just melt. I’m 5’2 they are 6’1 and 6’3 1/2. So I’m like picking up a toy to them! Lol
      Huge hug back at you…Paula xxxx πŸ™‚

  6. June

    Geez, that song gives me goosebumps every time and I really don’t know why since that song is far from my real-life story. Perhaps It’s the sympathetic nature in me that make me feel for the song.
    Children indeed provides a unique kind of happiness, I like being around little children but what’s weird is that I’m not looking forward to having my own. Weird, but then again, I’m not like any other people. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing Paula! πŸ˜‰

    • That’s not weird! And who know’s,maybe one day you might change your mind! I have 2 girlfriends my age who have never married or had children and they are very happy. They say they get all the children love from their nieces and nephews. Have a great day, Juney!! πŸ™‚ hugs Paula xxx

  7. Haha, ratbags, that made my day then the song of course, I followed this with a bunch of cover versions because like a child I enjoy repitition. Big hugs backatcha!

  8. So beautiful your article, Paula, touched my sensitive side! I love children very much!
    You have such beautiful children, I can tell from what you write!
    God bless you and your children with good health and a very beautiful life wherever you are!
    Big hugs, much love, Ştefania! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Stefania, I’m in Australia and thank you for saying that about my boys. I miss them when they aren’t around me, but have to learn to let them go. I will bribe them with food, that way I’m guaranteed to see them! Lol hugs Paula xxxx

  9. So true the words in the video! But beautiful your words of love and pure affection in your post. Because of course you are a very loving and giving person Paula, I have no doubt your children and their children have the same “love genes within them too, how could they not! πŸ™‚ xx

  10. I remembered now the days when my son decided to move another city… But this is their life and their decisions… Just we miss and will be missing… but to know that they are happy and fine, I feel better dear Paula, Good Luck for your son and big hugs to you you are a nice mother. Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

    • That’s really kind of you to say, Nia. πŸ™‚ I’m trying really hard to not show him how much I’ll miss him. Although I think he knows anyway. He has a really beautiful girlfriend who will look out for him and this makes me really happy!! Hugs to you, Nia…Paula xxx

  11. *smiles*…. this was a very happy post … filled with life. It made me feel good reading it. yahhh you Paula.

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