• When you can stop taking a stroller everywhere.
  • When you can stop taking a diaper bag everywhere.
  • When your kid can go to the bathroom in a public restroom.
  • By himself!
  • And not ask for help wiping from behind a locked door.
  • When you can leave your kid at a restaurant table to go to the bathroom by yourself.

Yes, a lot of these ARE bathroom related. Shut up.

  • When you can let your kid bathe mostly unattended.
  • When you can let your kid bathe entirely unattended.
  • When your child can wash his hair by himself.
  • When you can say, “Go take a shower” and the child does.
  • And washes his hair without being told. And his body. And picks up his towel.

I’m still waiting for “When child stops asking me if I need to go potty?” but given the size of my bladder, it’s probably not anytime soon.

  • When you can say, “Go practice the piano.” And the child does.
  • When child starts doing chores.
  • When child starts doing chores well. (Um…it depends on the chore.)
  • When child notices something is a mess.
  • When child notices something is a mess and actually does something about it. (Not quite there.)

Looking forward to:

  • child operating washer and dryer (I think I was 10 or 11 when I started this one)
  • child putting away dishes (I’d have pushed this one before, except the kitchen is laid out in such a way it would be a lot of moving of a stool just to do the basics.)
  • child having friend of similar age in neighborhood to play with
  • child having friend of similar age in neighborhood to play with who knows Pokemon so that we do not get asked to play Pokemon all the damned time.
  • being able to leave child alone at home for short periods of time (I was 10 when this started and 10 or 11 when I was left in charge of younger siblings).