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Independent toddler


Little Dude is well over two and a half, and he's really starting to assert his independence. Like when he wants to climb the stairs on his own (with his bird puppet, in this photo). He refuses to hold hands and it takes a lot of convincing to hold his hand or pick him up when we cross the street. When we go to the park, he climbs everywhere on his own, like the big kids he sees. This independence also means that he's proud to use his the potty himself, eat without assistance, wear his sandals, and whatever he can manage. I'm proud of him too, and not exactly excited at the thought that he'll start school within a year. But that's what children do, don't they? Grow up!

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Tina Mansfield said...

Yes we do encourage independence, and then as they grow I do wish they would slow down. I was reminded when my DS8 was ill that its ok to hug Mum, and I hadn't realised how much I miss hand holding!

Kim Carberry said...

Aww! Bless him! He sounds like he's growing up fast! You have every reason to be proud....He sounds a lovely young man x :/

Cheryl said...

Lovely to see them start to spread their wings. A great moment to capture. There are times when I'm glad they have learnt how to be independent. Seeing them go off to camp by themselves when they are older really tests it. #AlphabetPhoto

LifeWithAsd said...

I have a 3 year old who is fiercely independent and refuses any for of hand holding, its lovely to watch them blossom and grow up

Tarana said...

It is lovely to see them grow, thank you!

Tarana said...

Oh, and it happens faster with boys!

Tarana said...

Thank you, Kim!

Tarana said...

That is a big moment for you, Cheryl! I'm still nervous about school.

Merlinda Little said...

Awww my son is like this. He is 4 now and I let him be but its always scary for when we are near the road. My heart skips a beat every time he run away from me. #alphabetphoto

over40andamumtoone said...

Monkey is still a cling on here, some independence but he still wants to hold my hand whenever possible #alphabetphoto

Notmyyearoff said...

I remember this so well with z. One day he just wanted to do everything by himself. It's really sweet to see and sometimes very...errr...interesting (challenging!) how it all takes double the time to get out the house from them wanting to do everything :)

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Oh, yes, we're into the asserting independence stage with the wee girl... holding hands to cross the road, that's a bit of a battle :) It's so wonderful to see them develop into independent, individual little people though xx

Mike said...

Little Dude, I love your bird puppet! Phoenix and I would have so much fun playing with that. Wow, your mom is right you are getting big! And speaking of birds it sounds like you are really spreading your wings of independence. It's fun and invigorating isn't it?? Just better allow mom to give you a little guidance going across the those dangerous streets. You will have plenty of time to navigate them on your own for many years to come very soon! :)

Tarana said...

Oh believe me, my heart beats faster every time he's out of my sight!

Tarana said...

Little Dude's independence isn't for long either, he does come running back to me, so thank God!

Tarana said...

I know, that always has me divided. I have on occasion let him try the big slides, but while standing by close. He decided he didn't want another go!

Tarana said...

Oh yes, going out of the house takes really long now!

Tarana said...

That's true, Sam! They think they're really grown up.

Tarana said...

It is, Sara! Everything is a power struggle with us nowadays. Most times, I just let him go.

Tarana said...

Such wonderful advice, Mike, thank you!

sustainablemum said...

It starts at this age and ends when they leave home! It's hard for any mama to find the balance between keeping them safe and giving them room to explore :). Lovely photo and post.

Caroline said...

Aww sounds like he is doing really well, it's both incredible, and a little scary to see them growing up so much isn't it? xx #ssaa

Tarana said...

I agree, always tough to find the balance!

Tarana said...

It is inevitable, though, the growing up!

Charly Dove said...

Aww just look at that face. He's being Mr independent but just checking you're still there too! Wonderful photo, thank you for sharing with #alphabetphoto

Tarana said...

Thank you, Charly. Yes, he's always looking out for me!

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