According to experts, the best gift you can give your child is independence.
Ok, I lied. I said that.
Anyways... rather than wiping the snot out his nose, I'd very much prefer to hand him a box of tissue.
Every task that he asks help for, I'd say, "Try see if you can do it on your own."
And when he does, I would beam proudly at him. And like a chemical reaction, he announces, just as proudly, "I did it MOM!"
Earlier this month, he charted yet another milestone in the area of independence. He now rides the van home from school. :)
Oh ...my son. With every independence gained, you are slipping a lil further away from me. But it's ok. It's part of growing up. It will be selfish of me to keep you under my wings ..or armpits.