Slightly unrelated. I literally discovered this thread on SUSD yesterday so hi, I have 2 boys.
We had kids before most of our friends, so were the first to be hit by all this stuff. They’re 12&11 now and the eldest is very much a pre teen.
I saw something on twitter a couple of months ago which is a beautifully sad sentiment about parenting. It said it would be wonderful to know the last time you would do something.
I’m welling up now, but there is a last time they want pushing on the swings, or a last time they want Zog read in silly voices at bed time, or the last time you get to put them in the bath.
Kids change, and there is always a first time they do something. We got to take ours to see s stand up just before lockdown, we can share books and music but treasure those last times, even though you won’t know they’re happening.