One of the best parts of having older kids is being able to share more experiences with them. This summer my kids have been able to go biking with me, hold their own in a tandem kayak, and show real interest in watching full soccer matches. While there are moments I do miss having infants and toddlers, I’m enjoying this age far more. Being able to watch them give their own orders at restaurants and stay up a bit later for things like fireworks is pretty great. I’m determined to truly be present and enjoy this period of a few years before adolescence sets in.