My daughter is 8, and quickly getting into a very independent stage. She's always been independent, but so innocent and incredibly sweet-its just her nature. Lately I've been able to compare her to other girls her age, and I feel as if maybe she's a little too innocent, maybe clueless, or just being her sweet little self. I'm slowly learning how to give her more space and personal responsibility, but maybe I need to try a little harder. I just feel as if I've babied and coddeled her too much. Anyone else feel the same way?Answer Question
I've babied my 9 year old, I admit it, he was my baby for 9 years before my LO came along. I am currently trying to make a mental note that I have to emotionally detach myself from him, he is getting older and needs to be more independent. With him being the baby for so long, I just didn't know which other way to act when he was growing up but with the baby here it's making it difficult for both him and I, sometimes he feels left out because I am constantly "wait", or "just a minute" because I need to attend to the baby, very hard but I know what you mean.
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Answer by ashisamom at 1:28 PM on Jul. 2, 2010
Just getting into an independent stage at 8?
Yikes. My 4yo does everything for herself and has for awhile. I'm so proud of all she can do. My other kids were the same (my older 2 were even learning to use the microwave at 4, this one can't reach it, though).
Right now my 8yo son is at the park hanging out with his friends. I just bought him a watch with an alarm so he will know when it's time to come home so I don't have to fetch him at 7pm. My 7yo just came home for dinner (she had been playing with the boys). I sure don't baby them, I've encouraged independence since they were toddlers and I'm very proud of them.
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