There are the obvious times when we are proud of our children.
Like when they learn to tie their shoes or score a great goal.
Those are times when they have learned to do things
that others may see and take notice of.
But then there are the more subtle moments.
Like when you overhear your toddler saying,
"Yes, please." and "Thank you so much."
- completely unprompted by you!
Or when your children,
who normally fight loudly with each other,
instead quietly say to each other,
"I don't like it when you do that. Please don't do it again."
While I am certainly proud of big moments,
like starting 4th grade,
I am more proud of little ones,
like learning to solve conflict with a classmate.
Because when it all comes down to it,
I am not as proud of the kinds of things my children learn to do,
as the kinds of people they learn to be.