Parenting milestones that aren’t in the books
Posted on June 26th, 2014
- 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).