Independence Day

What? Worried I have my holidays mixed up? Don’t worry, I am fully aware today is Memorial Day and not Independence Day. Try telling that to my children though. They think every day is Independence Day. I’m beginning to regret encouraging so much independence in my children. I’ve been praised by our Parent Educator (from Parents As Teachers) in the past for how independent I encourage the boys to be, by letting them pick out their own clothes 95% of the time, potty training them so early on, letting them dress themselves even though it can take 5 times as long and stuff ends up on backwards, etc.

All of that toddler independence is well and good, but I think it’s going to send me over the edge. No, seriously. If I have to hear one more time “no, I do it!” I’m going to scream. If I watch one more child throw an outright tantrum because I “helped” him do something I’m going to cry. Maybe if I scream and cry the boys will see how silly they are. Ha! I just reread that – that definitely won’t happen. Instead, I suppose, I’ll struggle along with the terrible 2’s which are quickly approaching the __________ 3’s. Why the blank space? Well it’s yet to be seen if my children will fall into the rare “terrific 3’s” or into the more common “terrible 3’s”. I’m praying all this independence stuff will result in the 3’s being a breeze.

Hey, a mom can dream, right?

Happy Memorial Day and a huge thank you to all the men and women who have served our country and are serving right now!

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  • RoseAnneH

    I know it is difficult right now – I remember those days too. Fostering independence takes a lot of patience on your part now, but the rewards you will reap in the coming years will be a blessing beyond your current imagination. (Although at times, even 12-20 years from now, you will wish they felt more dependent on you (: so that you feel more needed.)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Ahhh…the terrible threes. I remember those days and I have one who just turned 2 so I will have that experience again in a year. Three was AWFUL for us, I hated 3. I thought 2 was a BREEZE compared to 3. I hope for your sake you get lucky and get the terrific 3's. If you do I will be very jealous–LOL!!! Good job on making them so independent. We get told we are very laid back (we are) and our boys are so well behaved (they really are) and I think it comes with treating them like adults instead of babies all the time. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    I don't want to think about the 3's…I hear they basically suck. Suck the life out of you!! 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Edwards

    Connor is at that stage too. I find that he typically melts down most when he is over tired – i.e. today when he couldn't buckle his booster seat buckle and wanted to do it by himself. "Let's be a team – Mommy and Connor," I cajoled. To which he promptly responded with a shout, "NO! Connor is team. Connor do it!" My goal is to get him to bed by 6:30 tonight. God bless us…ReplyCancel