The stage of independence

Our little man has well and truly reached the stage of independence when he’d much rather play his own imaginative games than have Mama or Mummy join in. He’s been at that stage for quite a while, but it’s only recently when I’ve noticed we get five minutes to ourselves at the park, whilst M is off making friends and in his own world of play.

scooter boy at the park

Every stage of development has been my favourite, but when this one came it was quite bittersweet. We both love joining in with M at the park, but now he would rather we didn’t climb the slide or attempt the monkey bars every visit.

climbing at the park

Smiles and climbing at the park

M and his puppy at the park

A positive to this stage is that M is learning his limits without us being there to catch him as he swings across the monkey bars, or learns he can slide head first down the slide (this one freaks me out!). He is taking risks and pushing himself to learn new skills and it is really lovely to watch from afar.

M at the park

Mama and M at the park

puppy cuddles at the park

We’ve even seen a huge change in M since Beau came along. There was some jealousy at the start, which was to be expected. But now M has taken on a caring role and makes sure Beau is ok and helps out when we need him to. Though he is yet to clean up any dog poo, I think that can wait a few years haha.

Beau at the park

What age did your little one really start to enjoy their independence?

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona) Reply

    Is it really bad that I just can’t remember when mine found their independence? What that does say is that it is worth recording every stage here on your blog, you think you will remember it all but trust me you won’t! I think my youngest were about Monkeys age now when I first stated blogging, life before this is a bit of a blur. I do remember spending time after school at the park each day in summer and being glad of the adult chat and independent play but I can’t remember the ages and it is also distorted by my older ones looking out for my younger ones. I do know it is an important step in growing up and the start of many more firsts for you.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. Emma Tustian Reply

    I think it’s great when they start going off and being willing to explore and try things on their own. It shows we’re doing a great job of teaching them to rely on their own knowledge and ability, but that we’ll still be there to catch them if needed.

    N’s been doing it a while, but sometimes does need a prompt when there’s lots of other people around. He’s quite shy

  3. Helena “TheQueenofCollage” Ash Reply

    It’s interesting to see the relationships between animals and children unfold. My eldest is becoming quite the dare devil wanting to tackle monkey bars at 28 months.#CountryKids

  4. Louise George Reply

    It’s lovely that M is confident and wants to be independent even though it is bittersweet too. Sliding headfirst down the slide would freak me out too – my two have yet to discover that one but it will come! Lovely photos of M having fun at the park and enjoying being independent 🙂 #countrykids

  5. Annette, Four Acorns Reply

    I have found that my four have all become independent at different ages and in different ways. Also it has been easier for the youngest as he’s always trying to keep up with his older siblings, who are quite happy to look after him when he needs it. Which suits me just fine as I’ve never been one for monkey bars, etc.
    Lovely pictures of your son, he looks so happy.

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