My Do It!

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Baby D is two.  He has become very independent in the past few months and while it is a natural, good part of his development, but it sure is tiring on his mommy!  I remember when the Captain went through this phase, his favorite phrase was "My do it!" and D is no different.  Everything must be attempted at least once by himself before allowing anyone to help and if you don't allow him to at least try to do it himself, a meltdown is sure to occur.  

The other day we had just gotten the car inspected and they gave us a free car wash.  They left the car in line for the car wash and I quickly put D in his carseat.  He yelled "NO!  My do it!" and then proceeded to climb completely out of the car and climb back in and attempt to buckle himself before saying "help, please."  There is no such thing as hurrying with an independent two year old.

My Do It

D gets very upset when I don't let him pour his own milk or juice but I've been there with the Captain and I am not letting him attempt this until he can successfully fill his water cups in the tub without overflowing!  Practice makes perfect and he doesn't pour anything but water….yet!

One thing that he rocks at is cereal.  I always eat my cereal on the couch in the mornings and I remember the Captain always wanted to, as well.  Well, of course that meant spilled milk and cereal often.  I remember moving the couches to clean them and I'd always find a small, dried up puddle of spilled milk that I thought I got all of but clearly I didn't!  Well, now D eats his cereal without spilling much at all and then drinks the milk, then puts the bowl in the sink.  I am quite proud of him!  We trained him well!  ha!

As trying as the independent two year old stage can be, I know it gets worse before it gets better.  The Captain was a bit more trying when he turned three up until about 3 1/2.  It's okay though, every phase is pretty awesome with these guys!

Do your kids' independence drive you nuts sometimes?  Does it ever get better?  :)

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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 5, 3, and brand new! She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.

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  1. My two year old drives me crazy with the pace of his independence.  I want him to do things on his own but sometimes I am in a hurry!  We often say he beats to his own drum. 

  2. My 2 1/2 year old hasn't really gotten into the "let me do it all by myself" stage yet. Most of the time, he'd just soon let someone else do things for him. We've been encouraging him to do things on his own (bowl/cup in the sink, dirty clothing in the hamper, etc) so we aren't still doing everything when he's 10!

  3. yes, it drives me crazy! no matter if one is four and the other is fifteen, both of them drive me crazy. it is rather cute though :) my tot is always like "no mommy!" ha!

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