In preparing this blog post I checked out thesaurus.com for some help. Here is what I found:
Main Entry: independent
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: liberated, free
Synonyms: absolute, autarchic, autarchical, autonomous, freewheeling,
individualistic, nonaligned, nonpartisan, on one's own, self-contained,
self-determining, self-governing, self-reliant, self-ruling, self-sufficient,
self-supporting, separate, separated, sovereign, unaided, unallied, unconnected,
unconstrained, uncontrolled, unregimented
Antonyms: dependent, subordinate, subservient
All of the above describes my 3 year old these days. Here we go, this is the beginning of the independent years. These are some of the things we hear coming from the mouth of Mr. Independent....
I do it myself.
Only David. Not mommy (or Daddy).
Go away, Mommy (or Daddy).
Give it to me.
If this is what it's like at 3, I am afraid of what lies ahead. Oh dear!