The Sweet Side of Being on the Small Side

by Susan

When you don’t want to grow up, it’s lucky to be small for your age.

Julia and Sophia at Fair

Julia who just turned 9 is in no rush to grow up. She oozes imagination and spends her days leading her 6 year old sister and cousin through fascinating worlds she creates and directs.

She loves Groovy Girls, My Little Pony and Disney Junior.

Julia and her little sister Sophia also like to dress the same so it’s a huge plus for her that she’s basically the same size as many 6 year olds. In fact, Julia and her 6 year old cousin Olivia are always measuring each other to see who is taller. They’re exactly equal in height at the moment.

Sophia is also tiny for her age, so when the three are together it looks like Julia and Olivia are the same age and like Sophia is their younger sister.

Since Julia and Sophia are so small, they even got away with riding in a double stroller for a couple of the days we were at Disneyland.

And this weekend, they had great fun still sneaking on to all the “little kid” rides at the local fair.

Cloverdale Fair Collage

It helped that the folks managing the rides were being lenient on height restrictions, so Julia and Sophia both went on all the little rides they’ve been going on since they were preschoolers.

I laughed when Julia called out to me, “Mom! Take my picture because I probably won’t fit on this ride ever again.”

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tanya May 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Its so nice when they want to stay young for a little while longer :) They grow up way too fast as it is.


2 Susan May 21, 2014 at 3:23 am

I completely agree. I love how they still embrace play and live in their imaginations. I’m trying to cherish each moment because I know the teen years will come soon.


3 Emilia May 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

That’s so true. :)


4 Lisa-The Domestic Life Stylist May 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

I love that Julia realized that this was a special moment that deserved to be documented. You have to love how kids just live in the moment. We can learn so much from them.


5 Susan May 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Exactly! I think my girls are so much more interested in having their photos taken than I was as a kid because they can see them right away on the phone or camera and then see me blogging and writing stories about them.


6 Janice May 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

It is so cute and handy that Julia embraces the joys of being young! Livvie is usually in much more of a hurry to grow up. lol


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