Miss Mega is 1 year 2 months old
Zilla is 4 years 0 months old
Today I'm going to tell you all a secret... shh...
remember, this is a big secret...
Kids love their independence!!!
They don't like to rely on other people to do everything for them!!!They want to move around and see things for themselves. They want to touch, taste, feel and smell.
They also want to be able to take care of themselves.
This morning Mega spilled some water on the floor. She went right away to grab a towel and clean it up. I didn't point it out to her or anything. At 14 months old she knows that when you make a mess you clean it up. Zilla did the same thing at this age.
At supper Mega spilled again but this time she was unable to get out of her chair to reach the towel. She made noise to call me over, pointed at the paper towels on top of the fridge and signed "more". She knows that at mealtimes we use paper towels to clean up messes. When I handed her the towel she cleaned up the mess without a fuss and again without me having to say anything.
Kids learn by watching us. Every little thing - including which towel we use to wipe the table - is noticed and copied. One way to make life easier is to let them help out by giving them the ability to take care of themselves!
Mega is still too short to reach the higher row of hooks so I added a couple at her level. These hooks are attached to the wall with stickers so they can be removed easily. Since kids grow so quickly and their abilities change so fast I like using hooks which can be taken off and rearranged as needed.