Monday, April 21, 2008

Karen's Independence

Karen is now 19 months old. In the last week, she's picked up on a word that I've been dreading for a while. She now says "no."

At this point, I would say that no is not yet in the realm of an early childhood rebellion. Rather, her saying no is how she is asserting her independence in the world. For example, going down the stairs, she doesn't want anybody to hold her hand, because she's quite confident she can do it without any help. But at 19 months, Susan and I need to explain to her that it's for her own safety. We try to compromise with her and say that we'll hold her hand down the top stairs, but let her walk down the last few steps, which she is quite successful.

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