Little Milestones

photo by Lesley Mackin

My daughter picked up a wash cloth off the floor (thanks spittupy baby!) and started to wipe her hands on it. Just as I was about to remind her that “the floor is dirty and we don’t wipe our hands on washcloths from the floor” she said to herself, “You don’t wipe buttery fingers on your clothes. Butter will stain them.” She was quoting from a conversation we had yesterday.

Taking their first step, saying their first word and reading their first book are major milestones in a child’s life. But each day with little ones is filled with milestones.

Little milestones.

They’re easy to miss. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to me that my toddler ate all his breakfast instead of dumping it into his cup (like he did every day the past week.) I’m sure it took a lot of self-restraint. Wiping her fingers on a dirty washcloth meant that my daughter had learned not to wipe them on her clothes.

Loving the Little YearsTeaching a child is a lot like teaching math, as Rachel Jankovic puts it in her hilarious and inspiring book Loving the Little Years. Just as you master the  basic addition of saying “please” and not coloring on the walls, basic subtraction gets thrown into the mix. It can feel like they’re never getting it. There’s always a new attitude to adjust or new concept to conquer. But really they’re passing milestones all the time. All that training will pay off.

Don’t be discouraged! Addition is easy now.

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  1. says

    We’re at the same stage in life, I think, and it truly is amazing when things start to “click” with our little trainee! It’s amazing, the things that can melt my mommy heart…like when I see her give her brother a toy without me asking. 🙂

    I’ve been hearing so much good about Loving the Little Years. Maybe I better pick up a copy for myself.

  2. says

    You’re absolutely right! I don’t have any children yet but I can appreciate the milestones just in my own life. God is always pointing them out to me so I don’t forget how far I’ve come since He first began teaching me certain lessons. It’s such a blessing to be able to remember all the milestones I’ve hit knowing there are many more that will come.

  3. says

    I just ordered this book for my daughter for Christmas. Milestones are to be celebrated even if they are small. I get to see the small ones in my granddaughter now and I love the blessing of them. Such a sweet post.

  4. Kasey says

    It is so easy to get caught up in the days and miss the little things. My babies are growing so quickly and with two of them I am sometimes overwhelmed and rush right past these moments. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!

    • anna says

      It seems like each new child makes the days speed by even faster. I can’t imagine how quickly time seems to pass with little twins!

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