I'd forgotten just how wonderful this age is. LJ wants to do everything for himself and I am trying to give him as many opportunities as I can. I can remember L at this age being the same. It must be so wonderful to have every experience be so new and novel and so exciting to realise you can now do so many new things by yourself!
Helping to prepare carrots from the garden. LJ is scrubbing and taking his job very seriously and L is topping and tailing. I find LJ is always much more focused when he is working with his big sis.
This used to be L's cupboard but she's now tall enough to reach everything if she uses her stool so it's been passed over to LJ. I have set it up so he can set his own table. On the top shelf are all of the items he needs for his table setting and the bottom shelf holds all of the aprons. I have to admit that just like the Montessori shelves I only allow access to this cupboard at meal times and keep it closed with an elastic the rest of the time or he'd be in there constantly.
LJ loves to be one of the family and put his dirty dishes in the dish washer then push the drawer in and close the door.
Now that Sweetpea is not with us LJ eats all of his meals at the big table with me or the family. He is still able to set his table. He brings over the items and at the moment I arrange them for him but soon I will introduce a place mat that he can put his setting on.
I got this super cute little laundry basket for LJ's room. He can carry it himself when it is empty and he's been putting his dirty clothes in there for a while now. So many times when I come in to his room after his nap he is in there trying to put on all of the clothes in the basket and has probably been awake for ages!
The going out area. I set up this special area especially for LJ in our laundry room. He can reach the hooks to get his jacket and is able to put on and take off his own boots. I help him with his jacket and start the zipper for him and he is able to finish pulling the zipper up or down. Every little bit he can do himself makes him feel so proud and confident.
I just bought the super cute stool for him to sit on but he's still not quite big enough so at the moment he is more comfortable sitting on the floor.
Allowing LJ the opportunity to do so many things for himself really makes him feel like a part of the family and a capable human being. I find that the only limitations he has are from me. These pictures represent the "ideal" or the good days. It does take a lot of work to keep the home environment "prepared" all of the time and sometimes it just doesn't happen. I don't always have the cupboard neatly stocked ready to go and a lot of the time Daddy will get LJ ready for bed and all of the dirty clothes will be left in a pile on the bathroom floor(and cloth diaper for that matter!).
I think the important thing is to be aware of our little persons needs and capabilities and try our best to let them experience that feeling of being able to "do it themselves" even if it isn't all of the time.