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?