Granddaddy's Secrets: The days are long but the years are short!

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017 18:32
Written by Daniel Blanchard

I know just about every parent I meet is tired. I also know that my oldest daughter just turned 16 years old and I’m wondering where the years went. And you’re probably experiencing the same thing, aren’t you? My daughter is now taller than me. This is a visual reminder every day on how tall she is getting and how short the years have gotten.

So, what makes the days so long for us parents? Well, right from the start, our newborn babies wake up every three hours crying because they want to eat, a diaper change, or want both. This pattern of behavior is really hard on us new parents. We are always tired. Parenting is a 24-hour job. And now that I have a daughter that is 16 years old, I can honestly say that I’ve had 16 years of disrupted sleep in the never-ending job of supervising and worrying about my kids.

The years are short because of the naturally high level of activity that comes with being a parent. When we are extremely busy, which we always are as parents, time just flies by. And when time flies by, it soon adds up to the years going by too fast. Many times this causes a feeling of nostalgia while we’re wondering where all the years went. Hopefully, it’s just a gentle feeling of nostalgia though, and not feelings of regret.

So, what’s our best course of action while dealing with all these long days and short years, you ask. Well, the first one would be to never give up. Never quit. Never throw in the parenting towel because, as my grandma used to say, “This too shall pass.” And it absolutely will pass whether we want it to or not… and then we’ll miss it…

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” Remember that while the days are long, the years are short. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do...

Daniel Blanchard is a New Britain schoolteacher who is also an award-winning author and speaker. Learn more about Dan at:

Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns on Monday, 23 October 2017 18:32. Updated: Monday, 23 October 2017 18:35.