Sara is rapidly getting more and more independent every day! She's already more independent than most kids her age, but I think she over compensates a little due to her NF. I've been encouraging this new independence for most of this year, since she really starting showing it back around her 3rd birthday.
But her newest task she's asked to tackle alone is a little out of her league I think. Would be nice if she was 10 years older, but by then she'll just refuse to do it. Sara wants to do laundry! She wants to do it all by herself too, which she obviously can't. One problem is she can't reach the washer to put the clothes in. There are lots of other issues as well with this whole idea. So to compromise, we now sort laundry together, she helps me gather it up by putting hers in the hallway, and she helps me to fold it once its done (which really just means I end up folding everything twice). She also helps by telling me where everything goes, like I don't know. Who do you think organized this room in the first place? And do you think I can show her this post in 10 year when she's refusing to do her own laundry?
Sara's other big move toward complete independence has been that I no longer read the story at bedtime, she now reads to me. We've been working with her letters a lot, and its starting to pay off. She still reads mostly from memorization of the book and by looking at the pictures, but that is how all small children start out. It is completely appropriate reading techniques for a child her age.
We've also started cooking together, which she loves. I don't have a lot of counter space, but that hasn't been as much of an issue since Sara started helping out. Now we do everything at our kitchen table since then she can sit in her chair and I don't have to hold her up. Just drag an extension cord across the dining room, and plug in the mixer. She loves it so much I ended up getting her a hand-me-down play kitchen for her playroom. She's played in it every day since I put it in there. Maybe Santa can bring some play food for it this year!
There are tons of other tasks she loves to do as well, and I'm glad she wants to try new things, but it makes everything take so long. I sometimes get upset because she takes so long to do everything, and it will make us late getting out the door to school or interfere in some other way. I'm trying hard to be patient, but there isn't always time for her to do it herself. And its so much more work for me. Being a single mom and taking care of a house is a big enough task, but now that I have to do things twice, its twice the job and I'm twice as tired. Ah, the joys of parenthood!! A year from now, I'll come back and read this post and probably wish that this was still my biggest problem. I'm sure by then there will be something more on the horizon that will have to be adjusted to, there always is.