I realized this month that (at 2 years and 8 months) Little N has started to do a bunch of things by herself and I kind of love it. A tiny part of me is a little sad that toddlerhood is moving fast and this independence is just another step closer to her being a teenager and hating me. I’m being ridiculous, I know. But the thought probably crosses my mind once a day. As if tomorrow all of a sudden she’s going to need a training bra and I’ll have my ear to the ground making sure she isn’t sneaking out of the house. I knew myself as a teenager, and I’m thoroughly scared.
Mostly, it just makes caring for two that much easier if she can do a few tidbits here and there for herself.
Here are some things she can do by herself and what I did to help facilitate that independence:
- Gets a glass of water. I put some of her plastic cups in a lower drawer so she can grab her own and fill it up with the water from the fridge (the ones that have a button for water/ice on the outside door). She loves that she can do it herself and I love that she can do it herself! Even if she sometimes leaves the button running too long and it overflows…She starts crying when this happens (silent mummy laugh).
- Pours a bowl of cereal. I put the cereal and some bowls in the lower cupboards so she can pour it herself. I do help with the milk though. It’s literally the only thing she wants in the morning. And to my surprise, she hasn’t spilled or overindulged with the pouring of the cereal yet. I’m pretty impressed.
- Orders a water from the coffee shop (AKA Starbucks). It’s no fun if we all sit down with a drink and Little N doesn’t have any. So she always gets a water with a straw. Sometimes I forget to order it for her or I’m busy feeding the baby and can’t order it, so she has now learned to go up and order herself! The little munchkin stands up there and orders water, with me yelling in the background to make sure she says the “please and thank-yous”.
- Puts her dirty dishes in the sink. After every meal she puts her dishes in the sink which is excellent for mummy! She sometimes even puts my plate up by the sink.
- Puts on her shoes. Most of the time this works. Sometimes, we are halfway down the street before I realize that they are on the wrong feet.
- Gets toys for her baby sister! I’m not sure if this counts for this list, but I must say, it is very very very helpful. When baby is crying, she now runs and gets toys for her to play with! Say whhhhhaaat. Yes. It happens. She doesn’t share. Don’t get me wrong. But she will get her different toys to play with.
So, what is your toddler doing by themselves these days?