I Need to Slow Down & Make this Precious Time Last

Simon & Garfunkel streams through my head as I think about how quickly my daughter is growing up. Oh of course we know as mothers that they will grow faster than we realize, but it is such a bittersweet journey. You cannot wait for them to reach their milestones, then after they do you wish time would slow down. Slow down, you move to fast. You got to make the morning last. The song is an upbeat little melody with the snare in the background making a forward-moving rhythm that makes you picture walking with a little skip or hop to your step. Perhaps it is fitting that a song I remember hearing during my childhood from my father’s stereo is the song I hear in my head as I reflect this afternoon, since my parents likely had the same feelings years ago.

I started my daughter in a part time preschool program after we moved here to gear her up for Kindergarten next fall and as excited as we all were, it took little brother and I a little time to get used to her being at school (and trying to figure out to do with just each other at home). We participated in a “mommy preschool” last school year where we exchanged mornings with a handful of friends and rotated houses, but this feels so much more real. Kindergarten is getting closer and before I know it she will be zipping through each year in grade school.

She still has days where she will play quietly on her own, but now that I am starting to feel better I am trying to cherish the afternoons we have together while brother is napping. We have been having fun together making forts for our tea parties and playing with her “tiny toys”.

To follow up with our look at he updated Polly Pockets last month, one of the toys we have been playing with is the Polly Pocket Pet Shop Play Set. It is a little different from the last set and does not have the suction cupped pieces and has a lot of very small pieces like the pet treats that can get buried in the carpet, so it take a little more supervision and cleanup time, but we have been trying to use small lidded containers to keep the smaller pieces in order. That being said we have not taken the set on the go, which is the main thing I miss about the Polly Pockets of my childhood, but she could probably take some of the dolls or larger pieces when we are out if she chooses.

On the first day she carefully examined the back of the packaging to set up everything just so, but now has ventured out and gotten creative. She even takes the pets or dolls out of the set and uses them with her other stuffed animals and toys from time to time. She also uses the two sets simultaneously, setting up Polly’s house next to her work. My daughter is a huge animal-lover so she is definitely has been playing with this set more than the Hangout House, but they still get plenty of play time.

She may be growing quickly, but she still loves to play with me and I need to remember that it will not always be that way. She will need me in different ways down the road. But for now I will help her reach things on the high shelf, pretend to be the mean dragon so her little dolls and animals can be scared and remember to slow down, play and make this precious time last.


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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