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