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“Lemme do it!!!”

January 8, 2010

That is the most commonly heard phrase in our home these days, spoken by Miss Independent herself. Every possible regular task around the house now MUST be done by Skyler: Letting Bruno in and outside, feeding Bruno, putting her stocking cap on to go out in the cold, unbuttoning her coat, putting socks on, changing a diaper, blowing her nose, throwing some trash away, putting on chapstick…and the list goes on.

The Bruno chores are great – that gets annoying letting him in and out, so we’re all about her help there. But the rest are tasks that for the most part, she is not yet very skilled or efficient. So “letting” her do these is typically more trouble than it’s worth, messy, and/or, causes us to be tardy if it is part of the morning routine.

When we “let her do it,” blowing her nose means a snot-smeared face and hands, maybe boogers in her hair. Putting on her own socks is a ten minute drama that usually ends with me forcefully restraining her with one hand while trying to put a tiny sock on her kicking foot with the other hand; usually both of us are yelling and crying by the end of it. Also note that putting on socks is definitely a two-handed task, even for an adult!

Her obsession with doing everything isn’t just when she’s involved in the situation. She can be in her bedroom playing, and overhear one of us ask Bruno “Need to go outside?” and while making our way to the back door, she’ll come running and screaming from her room “Lemme do it! Lemme do it! Lemme DOOOOO IT!!!!!!!” and if she’s too late she breaks down in the most disappointed heartbroken tantrum, which is promptly responded with “Go to your room if you’re going to cry like that.”

When we go in to “make up” with her and try to salvage the damaged relationship, it’s usually not too hard to distract her by asking if she wants to read a book or play with a certain toy. However, we don’t even think about stepping foot toward the bookshelf or toy box to pick out the item, otherwise…”LEMME DO IT!!!!”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Gramma Kewwey permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:19 pm

    I’ve heard it said that from the moment of birth, our children are all about seperation and becoming independent. The first time I heard it, there was a sense of sadness but also the realization that it is necessary and natural. The trick is to make sure that she can transfer her dependence from you to a dependence on God to see her through the difficult moments of life. Sounds like you’re well on your way!

  2. Miranda G permalink
    January 10, 2010 9:52 am

    It’s amazing how well they can hear! Landon too can be far far away and hear us say something and come running! Including stupid or shutup which we get repremanded for. We don’t say that word mommy!

  3. Adria Hunter permalink
    January 11, 2010 9:22 pm

    Hank always wants to let our cat out (which he is an indoor/outdoor cat). ‘Moshe, wha go outside? K.’ – then he’ll open the door himself – not really cool for a 2 year old when moms not around. one day i was getting in the shower when the door bell rang and he opened the door! luckily it was my neighbor lady and she was scolding him for opening the door too.

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