This is part 13 of 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.
We spend our lives constantly looking at the next milestone: double digits, teenager, driving, 18, 21, married, having kids, etc. Eventually you hit that point and just want to go back to when things were simple and easy with no tough decisions to be made or real work to be done.
Growing up is hard. My advice? Don’t rush it.
There are a lot of hard parts about growing up. Some of them will seem really obvious to you, but I think the hardest part of growing up is knowing how to ask for help.
This has always been hard for me. I’ve always wanted to be independent and take care of things myself, but sometimes you need to ask for help.
I managed to ruin my credit and screw up a lot of things when I first left for college because I didn’t want to bother anyone with my problems. Looking back, not asking for help was the worst thing I could’ve done.
Now that I’m out of the workforce and doing the mom thing at home, I need to ask for things all the time. It’s hard, but so important to open up and talk about what I need.
This does not mean I always ask for help when I do need it, but I’ve definitely gotten better at it. I think we tend to think “I’m grown and shouldn’t need help”, but that’s far from the truth.
What do you think is the hardest part of growing up?