My daughter is learning to do everything by herself and for herself which is impressing mommy. It's also stretching mommy because she is trying to figure out what D'arcy should really do on her own and what she still needs help with. This morning she made her own oatmeal. Poured out the package into the bowl, put water in it, put it in the microwave. I had to help her with the buttons, but realized this would be a great opportunity to get her to recognize her numbers. She likes things to have practical application.
This afternoon before lunch she pulled out the left-over lasagna, a whole cantaloupe, and her trusty blue plastic knife (which would absolutely not do the job) and tried to make her own lunch. This is normal considering she has been making her own sandwiches for months, peanut-butter, jelly, ham and cheese. Mmmmmm.
She insists on dressing herself in the morning, and sometimes I find that she has changed outfits without telling me because her clothes got wet or dirty.
She has now given herself authority to let the dog in, and she is very good at feeding him dinner. She is certain that she can brush her teeth on her own, and does not need my help in washing her hair (this one hasn't gone over on me yet). She is also learning to use the computer. She has a Winnie-the-Pooh game that she plays with on her own with her mouse.
I'm glad she is becoming so independent and self-sufficient, but at this point, her being so is causing more work for me.