Aren't kids usually 12 or 18 months before they start their "independent" stage? Madi must be starting early because SHE wants to brush her teeth and feed herself. She will even purse her lips together when I try to feed her. It cracks me up! I try to help her drink and she doesn't want my help and will get mad and pull it away if I even touch her sippy. She is growing up too fast! What an angel though!