Translated into a full sentence that would be, “I want to do it myself.” As the boys near 2 I am seeing more and more of their independence and they want to do more and more themselves. They also really want to help. I try to let them “help” as much as possible and work very hard at letting them complete tasks are their own. Obviously this can be frustrating for everyone involved on occasion, but I just remind us all to take a deep breath and then offer some encouragement. The boys take great pride in doing things themselves and I love watching them light up after they’ve completed a task.
One of their favorite things to do is get their own breakfast. I make their breakfast and then set it on the edge of the counter so they can easily grab it and carry it to the table.
I’ve been trying to introduce them to cups with out sippies and they kept accidentally knocking them over. I read a trick this week to use a baby food jar as a cup. It is glass so it doesn’t knock over easy like plastic and it is a jar you are reusing so if it gets broken your dish set is still complete. The boys loved drinking their water out of it today.
The Desert Botanical Gardens had a little pumpkin patch this weekend. Unfortunately to get to the pumpkin patch you had to do a hayride and the line was about an hour long. With three antsy toddlers we decided to skip that part. We had a nice time running around the garden and seeing some pumpkins on a truck.
Three toddlers in one photo? No one is ever looking.
Yesterday Grandma took the grandkids (plus her kids) to Chuck E. Cheese. It was the boys’ first time and they had a ton of fun! We were very lucky and had the run of the place. We played several games and no one was injured by the skee balls Abby was chucking. Noah loved putting the tokens in the machines, pretty much a game for him. Ezra road a couple of the rides and only got scared once.
Our little city had Stagecoach Days’ this weekend. We took the boys and enjoyed a nice morning in the park.
We also went over to the fire safety trailer and learned to be fire smart.
We also petted some of the local 4h club animals and played in the Montessori pre-school booth for a while (which the boys loved). Sorry no pics as we were also too busy playing. Matt also was able to do a little networking, life in a small city does have its benefits.
Our entire weekend next week suddenly opened up, so we are considering one of the three day potty training methods. The one that I read reported that 22 months is the best age to potty train, and the boys will be 23 months next week. I am wanting input from parents, but not on methodology or the correct age. (okay you can offer it if you want I won’t turn down free advise.)
But what I really want is a pro and con list of a potty trained child. I think a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about how to potty train, but I want to think of the after the potty training consequences and benefits.
If potty training next weekend doesn’t work out, we will think about it again sometime after the craziness of the holidays.
Please share your input. 🙂