This is not my child - he is a little guy I babysit. I know that my dd could do this at his age (she's 3 1/2 now) but I have no idea if my ds (now 7 1/2) could have done this. Also, in the great scheme of things, this is not a big deal but is part of a larger problem. I know that his mom babies him a lot (carries him everywhere, baby talks to him, etc.) and that's okay. He doesn't seem to expect this or even want this from me.
But he constantly says, "I can't." And, if I'm being totally honest here, this gets under my skin. I know, I know, he's not even 3, but I still feel this way. But can he? That's my real question. When I say, "Oh sure you can. Let's see you give it a try," am I giving this child some kind of complex? Too much pressure? I'm also caring for my newborn, generally in a hurry by the time we are to the getting on of the socks point in the day. I won't even go into the no readiness for potty training or the constant thumb and blankie sucking that is getting to be age inappropriate. And the solution for today has been that socks need to stay on at my house.
I forget what it is like to have a little boy (if gender might make a difference) this age. He is very very different from dd who is QUITE independent.
I don't mean to sound like a total jerk. He's a nice kid. But any thoughts on encouraging him to do more for himself?