I have a 2-year-old toddler who always wants me to do everything for her. It's becoming quite exhausting and I'm worried that she's not developing enough independence. I want to encourage her to do things on her own but she often gets frustrated easily and gives up quickly.
I'm looking for some tips on how I can encourage her to be more independent without pushing her too hard or making her feel overwhelmed. Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
I totally get how it feels to have a toddler who wants you to do everything for them. I had a similar experience with my 2-year-old. What really helped me encourage independence is to set up a routine. When my little one knows what to expect, it makes them feel more confident and able to do things on their own.
I also started to involve my toddler in daily chores such as putting toys away, feeding the pets, and helping me with cooking (simple tasks like pouring and mixing). This helped develop her motor skills, confidence, and a sense of responsibility.
Another thing that seems to work for us is gradually increasing the number of independent tasks your toddler does. Start with small steps such as putting their shoes on, cleaning up their toys, and gradually move up to bigger responsibilities that they can handle. Take things one step at a time, and soon enough, your toddler will feel more confident and proud of themselves for being more independent.
Remember that every child is unique, and it's essential to be patient and supportive during the process. Cheer them on, and let them know how proud you are of their efforts. It takes time and effort, but it's so worth it to see your little one grow to become more independent.