I've been wanting to post for a while, now, about my daughter and her development into....well, early adulthood, I guess is what it is, though that sounds shocking!
I suppose I could be prejudiced in her favor, but I trust my readers will call me out if they suspect that of me!
I find myself amazed at Violet's ability, not to mention her potential. Let me explain: I am a Suzuki teacher. I believe in the UNLIMITED POTENTIAL residing in every child. I believe any child, proven to have the physical strength necessary, can learn ANY task through repetition and encouragement, no matter what age. I have taken those philosophies, along with some basic points from Michael Pearl's book, To Train Up A Child (mostly those having to do with Consistent, Joyful Training), and have applied them to Little Violet.
At age 21 months, her skills include:
Carrying a wrapped baby
Pushing stroller with baby, taking baby in and out, changing its diaper, "hushing" it, and nursing it,
*Doing laundry (including finding matches to socks)
*Helping chop vegetables, and whatever else "Hepyoo cook" includes
*Getting fruit from the grocery store bins and filling the bags
*Getting a pedicure with Mommy,
*"Ceemeem up" messes of many sizes and textures
*Washing the van
*Clipping grass outside (kitchen scissors, not the mower)
Tidying any room of mess (that she can physically carry)
Granted, people, she's not Independent of me yet. All of these things, excluding the dishwasher, she does with my close monitoring. The dishwasher is one of her MOST favorite things. Since she's been playing in the cabinets since she was 6 months old, she knows where everything goes, so she gets a kick out of putting it all away from dishwasher to cabinet. Oh, did I mention she can put soap in, close the door, lock it, and start it herself, too?
I have to give some props to my own parents, here, too. My mom was a huge supporter of "Real Life" skills rather than so many toys. Violet, herself, helped me make that choice, being that she has always had more of an interest in whatever I was doing rather than toys. That being the case, we rarely visit toy stores, and her entire mass of toys is about 1/5 of what I've seen in her friends' living rooms. Plus, sometimes days will go by where she doesn't even go the the toy basket to pick something out. She's basically a tiny little Woman, and has already at the age of 21 months, become my Little Right Hand. It is now just a second nature to me to fit her into whatever I'm doing at the moment: combing my hair, doing dishes (which is one of her favorites, and can consume her attention better than a movie---for an hour and a 1/2 at a time!), shopping, scrubbing floors, or folding laundry. What a blessing she is!!
Ok, so I'm bragging. I see that as I re-read what I wrote. :P Give me a break, though, guys....she's my first!