If someone asked me to describe a two-year old in three words, I would say: Independent. Determined. Fun. Watching Elly’s mind develop and observing her piecing together the world around her has been an incredible and rewarding experience. With each successful task her confidence builds. This is always followed by a proclamation of "Elly do it!"
Elly’s determination is fierce. At times, she strikes me as an old soul. She is a precocious little gal and often wants to do things on her own. Totally. Without being shown. Elly will often approach a task like someone who has done it before, but just not in a long while. Some things she does manage to figure out, other things can be trickier. Take for example, trying to zipper a jacket before the two sides have been connected. Knowing that she is unlikely to figure it out without instruction, I suggest showing her how to zip it and then letting her do it. And then her independence kicks in. "Beep, beep Daddy. Elly show you!" If we’re just playing, how long it takes doesn’t matter. But when I’m trying to get out the door, it can require some extra patience.
Take this common soundtrack, for example:
"Elly, do you want to go to the park with Betty?"
"Ok then, let’s get your shoes on."