The words "I can do it by myself" aren't foreign to most parents of toddlers. But for some kids, independence mayo be less of a phase and more of a lifestyle. Independence is a highly valued trait in our society and one that, if channeled properly, can lead confidence and success later in life. There are a few early signs your kid will be independent that parents can be on the look out for, because some traits that start young stick around for life.
Although being dependent is in a young child's nature (they can't really change their own diapers,) some kids seem to be able to handle everything on their own from the time they're in diapers — or at least think they can. If your kiddo tends to push you away, wanting to try everything on their own, don't put it on your list of traits to "correct." Instead, learn how to work with their independent personality instead of trying to squelch it.
Give your child small tasks that they can complete on their own — like helping you sort dishes, or making their own bed, or picking out certain foods at the grocery store — to encourage their independence. Later in life, the trait will serve them well.
Wondering if your child will be doing it on their own for a while? Here are a few early signs your child will be claiming independence.