Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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the_tars's picture the_tars

KayTar isn't quite there (at nearly 4) but sje is adamant about doing certain things on her own, especially putting on her pajamas. She'll take them and run, screaming "No! Don't help me! Don't help me!" if she thinks we might offer assistance. It cracks me up.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

As you can see, T. hasn't quite perfected some of the finer parts of the independence business, but it's neat to see her trying! She's so different from L. in this department--he's just never been a kid to show independence about daily tasks, and he never tried to do these things (brush his own teeth? Perish the thought!). So we're in unchartered waters here and thinking it's best to let her try these things out, even if it gets messy along the way...


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Great pictures! Maybe we could do a photo series of these somewhere! My problem is that I also have a two-year old in that phase. Most recently it's with the clothes that he likes to get out of his top drawer, which holds p.j.'s and swim trunks. He's always running around the house in a little of both.


mouse's picture mouse

Since fine motor skills are such an issue, Scooter is a lot like L. We still help him get dressed (he can do pants if we put them on the floor facing the right way, but cannot do over his head) and brush his teeth (after he has a half-hearted go). He is very good, however, at finding cookies for himself.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh yes, L. has no problem raiding the pantry. But put his shoes on by himself? No way...!