Archive for August, 2011

“Do It Myself!”

Sometimes its hard to let them do it themselves. Whether its a 9 month old who wants to feed herself with a fork or a 13 month old who wants to climb to the top of the playground spiral or a 4 year old who wants to apply her own sunscreen, its difficult to let go. I’m trying to take a balanced approach when it comes to safety and independence, but it can be challenging to discern the line and that line can be in very different places for different child-people. I’m finding, however, that their ability to do it themselves almost always comes earlier than I was expecting. I am trying not to hold on too tightly.

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