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We all know how important it is to encourage independence in our Toddlers. We so desperately want them to be little independent beings, who can do for themselves, who can sit in their rooms and play by themselves quietly and give us some peace and quiet without hanging on us all day long. We want them to be happy and healthy and to grow up to be successful adults. We want them to be able to dress themselves, brush their own hair and get their own breakfast! But we also desperately want to hold on to our little babies if we can.
There’s a difficult space of time between our babies being completely reliant upon us to when they become completely self-sufficient. There’s a finite time of limbo where our babies become toddlers and want to do everything for themselves. They want to pour their milk and put on their shoes and carry their dish to the table, but they aren’t nearly coordinated enough to do any of these tasks efficiently or without error.
As a high-strung, control freak mom, I struggle with letting my son do things for himself. I know I can do it faster, better, without mistake and without making a mess. But I also must keep myself in check and remind myself that he needs to learn to do these things, as well. My son needs me to give him that time to figure out how to pull his socks over his toes without catching that pinkie toe and giving up. My toddler needs me to be patient with him while he learns how to be more independent. And he also needs me to be understanding and kind when he has an accident and makes a mess. While we don’t need to go kicking our little ones out of the nest head first and hope they will land on their feet, there are plenty of ways we can help them practice independence and help them on their way to being self-sufficient. These are also great ways to help them develop great habits and a wonderful sense of pride! Here are 15 Ways to Let Your Toddler Be More Independent!
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