Time flying by, parenting quote poem

A Lovely Poem About Time (flying by) and Children. Parents will appreciate!

Poem for Parents

This lovely poem is from the Slimy Bookworm blog:

When I was a baby, time crawled

When I was a child, time walked

When I became an adult, time ran

When I became old, time flew


It reminds me of my favorite quote about parenting, “The Days are Long but the Years Are Short.” I don’t know who this quote is attributed to.


What is your favorite quote or poem about time and raising children?

p.s. A few other good ones I found:

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”

– Anonymous


“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.”

– John Crudele


“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.”
– P.D. James

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Love this post! My favorite is how children spell “time”. As a parent, I feel the same way; “time” is the most precious gift given by anyone, at least to me.

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts, especially during this time of the year when all time seems to fly!

    • To Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind comment! It IS such a crazy time of year, isn’t it? And the time does seem to fly by. I love these kind of poem reminders about raising a child in a loving way. I can really use the reminders!

  2. Pragmatic mom,

    Thanks for highlighting this poem and my blog.
    I love the quote “The Days are Long but the Years Are Short.” I will ingrain it in my mind for play back on those difficult parenting days.

    • To Bola,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I remember when a mom friend put that quote on her holiday card and it really stuck with me. Then I read it again in The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It does really strike home, doesn’t it? The days do get shorter as the kids get older, I find, but the years seem to fly by faster and faster. It’s a kind of weird time warp!

  3. Ann

    I love this poem! And days are long years are short – really sums up life with kids <3 Thanks for sharing!!!

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