Tag: encouraging independence

Climb That Mountain!

“I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear A LOT from my four-year-old daughter. She usually wants to do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g herself without any help be it anything from pouring her own milk to picking out her clothes for the day and anything else in between. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to accept that she is becoming so grown up and that

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Little Helpers, Big Moments

My 3-year-old daughter is really taking an interest in helping out with household tasks lately. This includes baking, cooking, setting the dinner table, laundry, and helping out with her little sister. “I want to help!” is a phrase she uses a lot. These little moments are easy to take for granted, yet they often provide

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Encouraging Independence

I have a dream. That one day, my young daughters will grow up to become independent women. “All the women who are independent Throw your hands up at me” Sorry, I just could not resist the perfect opportunity to throw in some Beyoncé lyrics. Yes, my daughters are both under the age of four, but it is

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Freedom Within Limits: Helping End the Daily Battles

If you’ve been around a child of pretty much any age for more than half an hour, you probably are familiar with the phrase “Just let me do it!” One of the first full phrases my two year old put together was “Me do it MYSELF!” soon followed by “Don’t hold me…never hold me!” It

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