When you have a lot of littles (I have 4 kids; my eldest turned 5 in December, my youngest is 7 weeks old), it’s important to nurture every bit of independence in them as you can.
It’s a matter of sanity.
If none of my kids did anything for themselves, I would have 3 pairs of shoes to find and put onto little feet. 3 coats to put on and zip up. 4 hats to find and 8 mittens to find. Plus my own things, getting the baby strapped into either the carseat or a carrier, the diaper bag and stroller to get ready. All of that might take 20 minutes, depending on if the toddler took off his boots and hat and lost them while I was helping the older 2. This whole ordeal might just be for a 10 minute walk to the post office or to pick up a bag of milk.
I’m pretty sure I don’t have the patience for that, so I help my kids be able to do things for themselves.
Check out my post at Ottawa Mommy Club blog to read 10 ideas for how you can encourage your littles to do more for themselves.