“I do it!”

"I do it!" she insists, about EVERYTHING, ALL day long. Independence is good, I remind myself as I take a breath. It's no doubt harder to have a hesitant child who you're trying to coax towards initiative than a capable child who insists on spending the tedious time to put her OWN shoes on before we can depart the house. But it the charm does wear thin.

“I do it!” she insists, about EVERYTHING, ALL day long.
Independence is good, I remind myself as I take a breath. It’s no doubt harder to have a hesitant child who you’re trying to coax towards initiative than a capable child who insists on spending the tedious time to put her OWN shoes on before we can depart the house. But it the charm does wear thin.

"I do it," she insists, as she skidders on the pebbles down the steep grade. After a couple wipe-outs she acquiesced to holding Milo's hand.

“I do it,” she insists, as she skidders on the pebbles down the steep grade. After a couple wipe-outs she acquiesced to holding Milo’s hand.

We've entered the Era of Resistance with Naomi too.   "You need to wear a bib."  "No!"   "You need to sit in your own seat at the table." "No!" "You need to take a nap." "No!"   The nap won in the end.  She can climb out of her crib but she can't reach the high door handles in her room.

We’ve entered the Era of Resistance with Naomi too.
“You need to wear a bib.” “No!”
“You need to sit in your own seat at the table.”
“No!”
“You need to take a nap.”
“No!”
The nap won in the end. She can climb out of her crib but she can’t reach the high door handles in her room.

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6 thoughts on ““I do it!”

  1. I was wondering if your folks would say “she’s just like you were”, as well. Happy kids. Great to see them.

  2. As I was feeding Audrey her vegetables one evening last week so that I could move on to managing other things I asked her, “Do you like Mama having to feed you like a baby?”
    “Yes” she says.
    “That’s what I thought”
    She never had the “I do it” phase, and seems never will. She’s happy to let you taking over doing anything your heart desires. Ha!

    • Oddly enough, despite my two Independents wanting to do most things on their own, they sometimes revert back to demanding to be spoon fed at dinner time too. Sometimes Naomi even gets her way. If only kids being hungry later was soley their problem…but it usually becomes my problem too.

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