Tonight we had a very casual birthday celebration for my sister-in-law. You can only put on the ritz but so much with a very vociferous two-year-old as one of the guests and the guest of honor in her third trimester.
A good time was had by all and I couldn’t help but marveling how my niece has grown – she is currently potty training, her vocabulary is increasing all the time and she is graduating to a “big girl bed” this weekend.
As a two-year-old she is insistent upon doing everything for herself, such as opening her mother’s birthday presents. Why discourage helpfulness and independence, especially as hard as it is to get good help these days?