I’m a bit rusty on child development research; however, I know that between the toddler and preschool years children stake their claims for independence.
Oh yes they want to prove that they no longer need their caregivers to help them with anything. Most of us in the United States are very familiar with the coined phrase, “mommy wow, I’m a big kid now” thanks to a popular advertisement.
This time of independence is often challenging for the caregivers. This stage is one of the first times, caregivers get a glimpse into the future when their child is less dependent on them. This stage comes quickly; however, many caregivers feel like its sudden.
As you know I’m certainly not a toddler, nor a preschooler but I’m once again staking my claim for independence.
I’ll explain…I’ve had a various jobs throughout my life but the next job will be the first position I have where I’m also not simultaneously a student.
That’s all great but it has little to do with my claim for independence.
My claim for independence stems from the fact that I’ve reached a place in life where I’m not concerned about being identified by my family or any attributes.
I don’t want to identify myself as X’s daughter or a member of X organization.
So my independence embodies the fact that I’m stepping out on my own and I’m defining who and what I am. My family and friends don’t have to hold my hands because like the child attempting to prove that they are a big kid now; i am showing my Family and friends that I’m able to do these things I’ve set out to do,
I’m a big kid now!