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Becoming a "Big Boy" is a Big Deal

At 4 1/2, Zachary is firmly on the cusp of becoming a certified “big boy.” It’s something we talk about a lot. He constantly asks questions about what it means to be a big boy, and he often reminds me that he can do things that big boys can do. Like get himself a cup of milk or open his popsicle by himself.

It’s pretty much an extension of the toddler “I DO IT MYSELF!” phase, except with less screaming and frustration…on my part.

Of course, becoming a big boy isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be, and just today he tried to use his not-quite-a big boy status to get out of learning to ride a bike. “But Mommy! You don’t want me to lose my teeth, do you? I’m not a big enough to lose teeth yet!”

Nice try, kid.

But usually, he tries to do as much as possible to attain, and keep, his big boy status.

At lunch the other day he was very carefully coloring the picture on the children’s menu. At one point, his cousin accidentally bumped his arm and caused him to slip outside the lines.

“You bumped me and made me go outside the lines!” he yelled.

“I’m sorry. It was an accident.” said his cousin.

I crumbled a little when he replied “It’s okay. I’m still a big boy, right?”

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