I often joke that my favorite milestones with my kids are they can click themselves into their own car seats, take their own showers (although shampoo is apparently optional on some nights) and carry their own stuff to the beach. The independent child is a wonderful thing. These were big milestones for me as a parent.
I just read a great article about milestones that is featured on the Parents Council of Washington Facebook page. It is a great piece about what truly matters as our kids grow older and the author’s own evolution to get there. As Christine Gross-Loh states in the final line, “fostering kindness in our children, teaching them perseverance and making sure they know how to hang up their own towels” may just be the most important milestones.
I could not agree more. Thinking about others, working through difficult times and taking responsibility for ones self. As a parent, this is what I want for my children. As news has come out that the United States is once again mediocre as it relates to the PISA test ( a test given wordwide to 15 year olds in math, science and reading), I can’t help but think that the only test for the milestones in the article above is called, life. According to the World Giving Index of 2013, the US is the top nation in the world for giving time, treasure and support to a stranger.
Leading a life of significance is so much more than just a great test score. It is excelling at what life has in store for you and how you positively impact others. Life is the greatest test and children/adults who are “givers” are best prepared to excel at it (in my humble opinion). It’s good to be #1.