While I was in our downstairs bathroom today, I noticed something. The roll of toilet paper was on the roll backwards (under) as opposed to how I do it. I'm a detail person and would never put it on that way myself, so it caught my attention. I also remembered that yesterday, my 4 yr old called to me from that bathroom to say that she needed more toilet paper - to which I replied that there was another new roll in the room with her.
I'm pretty sure that she replaced the roll herself.
That may not sound like much, but for a mom sometimes little things like this are HUGE.
It means a couple of things:
- my four year old pays attention and can actually do things for herself and the family
- my four year old might be willing to do something responsible even when no one is looking
- I can now ask and expect my child to replace the roll if she uses the last of the previous roll and hold her accountable for it
That is a lot to derive from this, you may think. But every little indication of feeling of responsibility followed by a wee accomplishment are a big success for growing children and their parents.
Especially since this is just a chore I tended to do mindlessly myself as needed and had not particularly applied any lessons to my children regarding. Do you see? She observed something and took the appropriate action completely upon herself.
Seems like a long post on something trivial, but if you are a parent then I think you know what I'm getting at. So what wee accomplishment did your child do that amazed you recently?