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The Most Important Milestones That No One Celebrates

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As our kids grow up, there sure are a lot of dramatic changes to document. But did you ever stop to think about all the milestones YOU’ve achieved since becoming a parent?

Of course all of our babies’ firsts and big kids’ leaps in development are impressive, but as parents we get so busy making sure our kiddos are growing and thriving, we often forget to celebrate all the little victories we accomplish as moms and dads!

Like the first time you get a full night of sleep? EPIC.

Not to mention the first time you wake up peacefully on your own, instead of the sound of a shrieking child or an announcement that their sock came off while they were sleeping—definitely worth posting a selfie with at least five 🎉 emojis.

And how great does it feel the first time you complete an entire phone call…without having been interrupted 847 times?

What about the first time you get out of the door with the little one ON TIME—without forgetting anything? That one belongs on the milestones chart!

And after you survive the first long ride on public transportation or an airplane with the kiddo, you definitely deserve a treat, am I right?

We could go on all day, but let’s just acknowledge one more major win: the first time you get through the whole day without losing your patience.

It might not happen often when you’re living with someone under the age of five (hey, parenthood can be tough!), but when it does you should be sure to take a moment to give yourself some props.

This stuff isn’t easy, and you’re doing great! 💪

Robyn is Editor-in-Chief at ParentsTogether and is co-author of several NYTimes bestselling anthologies. She lives in southern Michigan with her husband and five children.