My son pumped his little legs in front of him as his swing got higher and higher. While watching, my mind drifted away to only a few months prior when my husband and I were showing him how he could do it without help.
He didn’t like the idea of mommy and daddy not helping and this kid had no problem expressing his thoughts through tears and whining pleas.
Through encouraging phrases and demonstrating how cool it was to do by yourself, we kept at it. This seemed to take FOREVER.
Now here he was at 4 years old smiling proudly and telling me to look at how fast AND high he was going.
How many things had we told him he could do by himself without mommy and daddy? Some things stand out more than others.
- We went to a birthday party and a friend looked over at me giving a bottle to my then 10 month old and couldn’t believe we didn’t teach him to hold it on his own. Oops. After a week, he could do it.
- Holding those little hands and keeping his legs moving until he was walking on his own.
- Our son now runs in to greet his classmates and teachers where it was only a couple of years ago, he would cling to me with tears falling down his face.
- We did that pee pee in the potty dance at least a million times before he finally gave up those diapers. So many more dances for finally losing the night time pull ups.
- Although not always the best matched, at least he can now dress himself. Most of the time the underwear is even on correctly.
- Although we would like to take credit for him writing his name, that’s all due to his awesome teachers who were gifted much more patience than us.
- He can ride his bike. I am thinking it won’t be too long before those training wheels are off.
I move my hand out to give him a push on the swing and he says, “Mommy, I can do it myself!”
And I think, I know. Sometimes, I just miss the times when you couldn’t.
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