Mothers love to share and swap stories about the accomplishments of their children. They especially love to listen to another mother recounting her own child’s accomplishments. There is hardly anything a mother enjoys more than hearing about what another child can do. The stories are even more enjoyable when the bright and talented tot is close in age to the mother’s own run-of-the mill rug rat.
Some people might describe these child achievement stories as a bit boastful. Others may even view them as competition. However, that is just plain nonsense! A mother in the throes of potty training her three-year-old yearns to listen to the mother of the one year old go on and on and on about how easy it was to toilet train her baby. When the mother of the one year old then begins to detail each moment of the toilet training experience, it can only be likened to pure ear enjoyment. The timing of the achievement story is of utmost importance. For the story to really pack a punch, the mother sharing the story should tell it right as the mother of the three-year-old realizes that her child has had an accident – of the number two variety. Sharing this kind of story does not cause hard feelings, jealousy, envy or rage. It allows the mother with the toilet-averse tot to persevere in her mission.
“My Baby is Walking” is another favorite story among mothers. And, if the baby began walking early, then that point will be made crystal clear. For example: “Oh, my Daphne has been walking for ages now. She started when she was five months old.” Any mother hearing this story can only think that this Daphne is one amazing baby. Not a mother in the world would dare question the authenticity of this statement. Another mother would not lie or embellish the milestones of her baby. They just would not do that.
What mother does not want to hear about the two-year-old that can read? Certainly the mother of the three-year-old that is on bathroom strike would welcome such a report. Even the mother of the stubborn two-year-old that just doesn’t feel like walking would delight in this declaration. These great stories of achievement told by proud mothers everywhere continue throughout the children’s lives. Mothers of high school-aged kids can barely contain themselves when they find out their sons’ and daughters’ SAT scores. When the college letters arrive in the mail, mothers are practically rocketing from their homes in an effort to chat it up with another mother about how smart, brilliant, genius, and/or godlike her child is. After college, the mothers will take pleasure in conversations of their children’s careers.
In a way, all of this accomplishment sharing is for the betterment of society. It is not one-upmanship or grandstanding. A mother of an accomplished child truly and sincerely wants another mother to know just how marvelous and clever her child is. This kind of information could be useful to the other mother and benefit her in some way. Perhaps even, the next time a mother is changing her child’s dirty diaper and another mother decides to share an accomplishment story, the mother changing the diaper can reciprocate with her child’s immediate, just finished accomplishment.