The infant months are so precious. The sweet smell of a newborn is captivating, and her skin is so velvety soft. You can get lost in the cuddles and kisses! You may not ever want that time to end, but it’s also so much fun to watch your little one blossom into her own little independent self. Along with exploring his world and learning something new every day, your toddler’s growing independence promotes self-confidence. He will also learn along the way that you trust him and have confidence in him as well.
The Benefits of Toddler Independence
Supporting your toddler’s growing independence has lots of benefits. When engaging with him about a certain task, asking questions about it lets him answer with words, expressions and gestures. His sensory motor development improves as he has tactile experiences and learns what it takes to complete a task. Getting your small fry involved in everyday chores, like mixing eggs for breakfast may mean a little more cleanup for you but is priceless in the learning opportunities and memories made.
Me Do It
Many parenting experts agree that giving your little one some autonomy in taking on simple tasks reduces problematic behavior. Less temper tantrums, yay! Some tasks will clearly take more time to complete with your toddler helping, so choose a few times during the week when you’ll be able to indulge in his budding independence. Get started with some of these ideas:
Your kiddo may be able to choose between two shirts, pull down a zipper or pull up a pair of pants. Once you begin the process, he can finish.
Your little assistant can pull fresh wipes out of a container, wipe his face with a cloth and comb his hair. Once he begins the job, you can finish.
Help Around the House
Little Mr. Independent can put dirty clothes in the hamper, put toys back in their place, and carry a lightweight item like paper towels or other non-breakables after a trip from the grocery store.
Your baby’s independence begins earlier than you think. As soon as he can reach and grasp, he can actively participate in his everyday care. Encourage it, nurture it and support it. It will take some patience, but you’ll be a proud mama when you see all that he can do.