Jun 02 2010

When did you realize you were a grown up?

A recent article stated the things you have to do to be considered a "grown up." On the list, facing anxieties, mastering the use of your time and taking responsibility for your heart. What was the moment you realized "Wow! I've become a grown-up?!"
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5/25/2010 10:17:31 PM
Nicole Maupin United States
Nicole Maupin
I relized I was an adult when I could appreciate my parents for everything they have done to raise me, all the sacrifices they have made, and for the most part, without gratitude.  
5/25/2010 10:17:43 PM
Danielle United States
Danielle
My grown up moment came when I realized that there were no more summer vacation and spring break. Smile  
5/25/2010 10:18:14 PM
Emil United States
Emil
One time that I felt grown up was during a difficult situation. My sister had committed suicide. I had to comfort my mom and brother. I took charge when the police came. I made it through all of that with God's help.
5/26/2010 3:19:03 AM
Shalene United States
Shalene
I am 36 and married with 5 children.  There have been a few times that I have recognized suddenly that I was no longer a child (I think the first time it hit was my 25th birthday.)  But, I just had my first "you're no longer a spring chicken" moment.  My oldest child will be turning 18 in 6 months.  I also have a 14 yr old, an 8 yr old, a 4 yr old and a 7 month old....I definitely do NOT feel like a youngster anymore.... LOL!
5/26/2010 3:19:24 AM
Sarah United States
Sarah
I realized I was a grown up when I stopped having to do homework in the evenings and started having to do housework and cook for my husband.
5/26/2010 3:21:26 AM
Amanda Nabers United States
Amanda Nabers
i reliezed when i grew up is when i had my first child at sixteen and i knew i had no choice. now im 24 and is rasing 3 kids on my own.. but i know God is helpin me threw it all.
5/26/2010 3:22:17 AM
Andrei Capusan Romania
Andrei Capusan
I am a student from Romania. The first time i got in the USA with Work&Travel Programm, 2008, i was 20 and i was looking to work for an architect during summer. It took me 4 weeks until i visited all Portland architects and all rejected me because they had nothing to give me to work. It is not easy to find a job and that was the moment i realised i am an adult. I listen KLove from Romania and i love you1 Smile
5/26/2010 3:26:01 AM
Jim Burleson United States
Jim Burleson
While at a stop-light at an intersection, I saw a driver across from me and thought "No way is that kid old enough to have a drivers license!"
5/26/2010 3:26:39 AM
Angela United States
Angela
The first time I really realized I was an adult was when I was 22 years old. I had been in a two year relationship with a non-Christian man who was an abusive alcoholic. I really did think I was in love though, one day he got down on one knee and proposed to me, and I said "No". I felt God telling me that if I did, I would be making one of the biggest mistakes of my life. After a few month I found out he had been cheating on me. I got out of that relationship and put all of my focus on the Lord! I am single now but I know that I will find my prince one day and that the Lord has my best interests at heart!  
5/26/2010 3:26:56 AM
Karol J. Stephens United States
Karol J. Stephens
Hi Scott and Kelli

I knew I was a grown up when I paid off my first car!
5/26/2010 3:27:36 AM
Nadia United States
Nadia
I fell a grown womam for the first time when my husband ask me , baby what we going to have for dinner ' cause you did the groceries  rigth
5/26/2010 3:29:44 AM
Eddie United States
Eddie
Realized i was an adult when my sister turned 31 and i was about to turn 20.  
5/26/2010 3:29:46 AM
Karen Wolf United States
Karen Wolf
When I became a Gramma.  You really need to grow up because you now have children and grandchildren to worry about.
5/26/2010 3:30:04 AM
Amy United States
Amy
Irealized I was an adult when . . . .well . . . . I haven't quite got to that spot yet.  Growing old is required, growing up is optional.  I keep that little girl alive in my heart, that helps me get through the rough times in life, just being able to keep that child-like awe.
5/26/2010 3:32:11 AM
Joanna United States
Joanna
I realized I wasn't a kid anymore when I didn't have to buy pencils & paper in the fall for school. I realized I was an adult and a mother when I looked at my sleeping daughter and realized the love & responsibility my mother had for me - the same I have for my daughter.
5/26/2010 3:32:34 AM
Matthew United States
Matthew
I new I had grown up when NyQuil started not being so bad. I remember when I was kid I thought NyQuil cold medicine was the grossest substance on earth.. My dad used to tell me it was not that bad.. A couple of month ago I took some and realized it was not that bad..  WOW I'm grown up..
5/26/2010 3:36:01 AM
Coy Raiford United States
Coy Raiford
I was at the alter praying that God will have His way in my life and my parents came down an prayed with me. They both prayed, but my mom basically told God that her son was not hers, but His. And she prayed that He'd use me for His will. It was really cool to know that my mom realized that I'm not hers anymore, but I'm Gods. This I when I realized that I had lefty childhood behind!
5/26/2010 3:39:29 AM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
I realized I was a grown up when I did not get summer break and Christmas break any more like I did when I was in school! Smile
5/26/2010 3:41:28 AM
Sandy Burton United States
Sandy Burton
I was always argumentative with my mother...I realized I had become a grown up when I was 19 years old and came to the sudden realization that my mom was not as clueless as I thought she was!
5/26/2010 3:43:24 AM
Todd Olson United States
Todd Olson
I'm 27, married to my love, 2 beautiful daughters and we're headed over seas to reach the unreached. I was thinking about the question and I don't think that I have gown up yet. I hope it holds off for another few years...like maybe 30 years.
5/26/2010 3:44:02 AM
Matthew United States
Matthew
I knew I had grown up when cough medicine started not tasting so bad. When I was a kid cough medicine was the most grossest substance on earth. My dad used to tell me it was not that bad. Well a couple of moths ago I took some cough medicine and realized it was not that bad.. Wow, I am grown up...
5/26/2010 3:45:26 AM
Anh United States
Anh
I grew up in Viet Nam and was raised by my grandparents.  When I was 11 (5th Grade), both of my aunts left home after they got married so that left my grandmother with  5 grandchildren to care for.  It didn't feel right for me to get to go to school while my grandmother was working so hard.  So I came home from school one afternoon and asked my grandmother if I could quit school to stay home to help her around the house.  She did not object to the idea.  I was so thrilled that I could do that.  I felt very big then.  

But you have to understand the culture over there.  During my days (up to the 80s) kids were not required to go to school.

Hope you find this interesting.  I find it sad now.

Anh Drury
5/26/2010 3:46:26 AM
Heidi United States
Heidi
I'm 47 so there have been many times of wow I really am an adult, but this fall as my 2 oldest were off serving in the USMC, my only daughter was starting college, and I only had the baby (14) left to home school I asked my friends and God well what do I want to be when I grow up? Nov.1 we lost my husbands mom and mighty prayer warrior and friday the 28 we lost my mom and mighty prayer warrior. God said Grow up, and hit your knees.
5/26/2010 3:49:04 AM
Brian United States
Brian
I remember thinking i am an adult when i looked at a huge plastic sealable container that was actually supposed to be used to store charcoal in, and thought that with the sealable lids it would be great to put my two sons dirty diapers in so the they would not smell the rest of the house. Just drop them in and snap the lid shut.
5/26/2010 3:52:31 AM
cole nelson United States
cole nelson
I think that I realized that my entry into being a grown-up came when I was a sophomore in college. My Mom, who had been battling breast cancer for about 4 years was getting too weak to work full-time and she said that I would need to find work to help pay bills because we did not have enough $$$ to make ends meet. So while going to college full-time and being involved in collegiate athletics full-time, I took a job working 11pm-7am and continued my education and athletics. My schedule was 8am to 3pm (school, 3pm to 6pm (athletics), and then homework. The night work position was a 3/4 time position but it was a load. During that time, which may have been the most tiring period of my life, I also sat with my Mom during her chemo treatments. All of this forced me to grow up quickly yet I look back on those times as one of the most precious & valued times of my life. It caused me to grow up fast and face life head on. I would learn during that period that responsibility doesn't always come in the form that we would like it to but when we accept that responsibility, we grow in leaps and bounds. Leaning on the grace and strength of my Lord got me through it all.
5/26/2010 3:53:57 AM
Renee Thompson United States
Renee Thompson
I knew I was no longer a care free kid when me and my fiance found out that he needed brain surgery this past January.
5/26/2010 3:55:13 AM
Elizabeth Lopez United States
Elizabeth Lopez
The day I realized I was a grown up was the day I understood what it my mother ment with, "you will understand when you have your oun children". I have two children now and I catch myself saying the very things my mom and dad said to me.
5/26/2010 3:57:03 AM
Brian United States
Brian
I new i was grown up when i looked at a large, sealable, plastic container that was made to store charcoal and thought that with the tight, sealable, snap shut lids all it needs is a trash bag and i could put my two sons dirty diapers in it to keep the rest of the house from smelling like diapers. Then i took my first real adult nap.  I never napped growing up and said i never would. But i am now.  
5/26/2010 3:57:45 AM
Todd Olson United States
Todd Olson
On second thought, it might be when I watched D2 - The Mighty Ducks and thought, "Hmmm, this isn't as good as it was when I was 13"
I was sad.

Hey can you read my previous comment on air so my wife can it in the car? "Love you Patty!"
5/26/2010 3:58:37 AM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
When I didn't get summer breaks and Christmas break like I did when I was in school!  Smile
5/26/2010 4:04:41 AM
Dee United States
Dee
My "grown up" moment happened the week after we returned from our honeymoon.  My husband was getting ready to enter seminary full time, and we'd agreed at engagement that I'd work to support us during that time.  But after we returned from the honeymoon, I was still all caught up in the post-wedding honeymoon "magic"... until one day my husband unceremoniously announced, "You really NEED to get a job!"   Talk about a wake up call!!  (Oops, yeah... we do need something to live on, don't we?)  LOL...  Smile   That was almost 10 years ago.  Smile
5/26/2010 4:09:26 AM
bruce stevenson United States
bruce stevenson
When I got out of the military,I came home to Illinois,got my first drivers liscence,bought my first car,put what few possesions I had in it and  I drove halfway across the country (nonstop driving)to Norfolk Virginia without knowing where I was going to stay or work and basicly having no connections within the church to assist and offer me help or support.It was a church that was one the first super churches in the country (where I had previously commited my life to God)that drew me back to thereIt was the job experiance I got there that got me a job back in Illinois where a friend in my workplace here blind dated me up with the woman became my future wife> (PS~ everyone aught to live in a boarding house once in their life...oh the stories )
5/26/2010 4:11:15 AM
Jeremy United States
Jeremy
What are you talking about? I'm 26 and still a kid!!! Smile
5/26/2010 4:18:04 AM
Tod United States
Tod
I am a 33 year old man with a 13 year old son with another on the way. I am a business owner as well as in the ministry and I have a question. When is this growing up thing supposed to take place?
5/26/2010 4:22:32 AM
Faye Warriner United States
Faye Warriner
My grown up moment came when I was clipping coupons to get Toilet Paper for the best price for my apartment, when months earlier I would run into 7-11 with no concern for price to TP a friends house and car.
5/26/2010 4:30:38 AM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
I realized I was truly an adult the first time my baby became ill, and I was sick right alongside him. At a time when most people just want their mommies, I realized that I WAS the mommy and needed to suck it up, and handle the situation. Realizing that my baby counted on me the way I counted on my mother for so many years, made me realize that I had truly grown up, and now had the most important job in the world: Mom.
5/26/2010 4:34:45 AM
Susan Kuchta United States
Susan Kuchta
When leaving school and starting my first year in the workforce, I realized I wasn't going to get the whole summer off anymore!
5/26/2010 4:51:38 AM
Beth Cook United States
Beth Cook
I relized I was an adult when I wanted to take an afternoon nap and liked it.
5/26/2010 5:01:48 AM
Deb Dreyer United States
Deb Dreyer
I realized I was an adult when in my first apartment I called the landlord to replace a light bulb.  They told me that was my responsibility now.  They were very nice about it - but I was 19!  I realized how much my dad did at that point to keep the house running for us to live in!
5/26/2010 5:09:29 AM
Gregory Snyder United States
Gregory Snyder
My daughter is 13 now. When she was in kindergarten and I went there with her for the 1st time, befor we went in to her class  room she said to me,
"Daddy, this is kindergarten, we have to behave".
I'm 52 now and not shure when that moment is or was. So I'l have to get back with you, mabey ?!
5/26/2010 5:35:26 AM
Nicole United States
Nicole
When I started to cook for my family of 9 without complaining and just doing it for the fun of it.
5/26/2010 5:38:27 AM
Matthew United States
Matthew
I realized that I was a grown up, atlest in my faith, when my grandfather died when I was 7. My mom took the call and broke down crying. I was playing with my toys and she came and told my brother and me and I told her Mom, why are you crying papa is with God now.
5/26/2010 5:42:26 AM
emma United States
emma
spencer reid
5/26/2010 5:43:14 AM
emma United States
emma
never im 11!!
5/26/2010 5:47:21 AM
Laura Ellington United States
Laura Ellington
I realized I was definitely a grown-up on this very day when my pregnancy test was positive.  I'm 30 years old and going to be a mom.  I don't believe it yet=:o
5/26/2010 7:11:16 AM
Richard Snider United States
Richard Snider
When I turned 23 I realized wow im a grown up.
5/26/2010 2:25:14 PM
Abby United States
Abby
I wasn't an adult when i had the realization that you can't be a kid forver. When i was 12 my mom died. I have 5 brothers and sisters, and at the time the three youngest were still in preschool and i was the oldest girl in the house. A lot of the responsibility fell to me, especially being someone to guide my younger sibilings. It was dificult but that increase in responsibility made me who i am today and i can't help but thank God for it! Im still not techincally an adult, im 16, but i can asure you that the years of a carefree childhood are gone, and that is okay with me.
5/27/2010 4:24:56 AM
Pam United States
Pam
As I was listening to this on the radio yesterday I realized that I have ALWAYS been the grown up in my family.  I was raised in a home with a mother who has mental health issues, an abusive father, and an older brother that is an acoholic, so I was forced to be the grown up even when I was 6 years of age (and younger).  But on the bright side of that, it molded me into the adult that I am today. I thank God everyday that I am NOT abusive with my children (now 23 and 25), I DO NOT have mental illness issues, and I am NOT an acoholic and have a husband that has been there for me for over 30 years now and two fabulous children.  God is good to me.  He has watched over me always, even when I didn't realize he was there.  Smile Thank you Klove for all you do.  You ARE positive and encouraging!
5/27/2010 2:54:50 PM
Vera Sell United States
Vera Sell
When my Dr. was just a few yrs. older than my son!!!
5/27/2010 3:38:25 PM
Gene United States
Gene
I realized I had grown up when at the age of 37 I figured out that my parents did know what they were talking about. If I had only listened it would have saved me a whole lot of trouble in my life.
5/27/2010 4:33:29 PM
Lesley Depriest United States
Lesley Depriest
I realized I was grown up when I first looked into the eyes of my first baby boy. The Lord gave me this beautiful baby so I could finally be humbled before him and know that I couldn't do anything without Him.
5/30/2010 12:56:14 AM
Linda United States
Linda
I'm going to be 43 in a few weeks. I have 3 children ages 23, 20, and 14. I still have no clue what I want to be when I grow up! lol (still searching for that "perfect" career). I have no idea where I fit in in this world.

I was 18 when I got married. So I never really had a chance to "grow up".. to find out who I really was, to form my own identity. I went from being someone's daughter to being someone's wife with nothing in between. So now that my kids are older it's time to figure out who I am and what God has in mind for me at this point in my life.

On the positive side, I am a work in progress. I believe God never really finishes with us. I am a kid at heart. I play in the rain, delight in rainbows, and I get along GREAT with my daughters' friends! (They think I'm cool! lol)

You are only as old as you feel and think! Smile

5/30/2010 4:57:03 PM
Diane Andrews United States
Diane Andrews
When I realized that a doctor I was seeing was younger than me!  Very strange.
5/31/2010 5:21:15 AM
Sabrina United States
Sabrina
I realized I was a grown-up on the job. I was speaking with a co-worker, then this patron comes up interrupting us completely pugnacious not hearing the full discussion and was confused. He then became more obnoxious verbally degrading one of my supervisors. As I stood there looking at my co-worker thinking when will this guy give it a rest, we weren't even talking to him. I knew he wasn't speaking as one with sound information catching only the end of our conversation. I made a sound decision to be compassionate, kind and not be offended when he seemed to raise his voice as if trying to get attention from others. I was looking at a man twice my age with a lack of self control. I noticed that my attitude was different, I didn't yell back at him or tell him to shut up. I saw age differently (before I had such high expectations on those older than me), and now understood age was a minor factor if the wisdom of good judgments didn't accompany it. I understood God is still perfecting a work in us all whatever stage of life we are. I noticed God was with me, gave me a peace to stand, not be ashamed, not regard what others may think of me, even if misunderstood. I realized the love of God in me at work, on display publicly; the love I had only so far read about manifested through my response during a pressured moment. I knew God's spirit had me to keep my mouth closed, show temperance, and I heard him say don't argue with this man, people from a distance can tell who is who. I'll never forget that day, I realized the God I had believed in changed my old heart, and gave me a new heart. When the enemy came in like a flood, the Spirit raised up a standard against him. I learned God was with me everywhere I went, especially during adversity at the workplace. I realized I was a grown-up when I received the help of God, not relying on myself alone and I was no longer in my own strength treating people without kindness. I saw God living in me when I decided to love my neighbor as myself, always tell him the truth, to think before I speak (Selah, pause and calmly think of that) and honor the word of God. Acknowledging when you need help, the only one who can give the best help in times of need, and honoring His grace. Very grown-up behavior giving glory & respect to whom it is due; and that behavior became apart of my daily walk in life. Led by the Spirit of God-A Mature Son of God!
6/19/2010 9:56:12 AM
Shannon Vazquez United States
Shannon Vazquez
The idea of me being grown-up comes and goes. The first time I realized I was a grown-up was when I was in labor and needed my husband's support more than my mother's.
I am 25, married and a mother of 4 and still at times wonder when am I going to find my place in this world. Other times I feel so settled.
I don't think that the child fully leaves us, we need that kid to be able to play with our own, and live life to the fullest; yet we have our grown-up selves to keep us grounded and responsible.
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