Lately I've been positively reinforcing every tiny milestone the boys have with, "Wow, Ben! You took off your shoes all by yourself! Such a big boy! Great job!" Or, "Tommy, you put your bowl in the sink so nicely! Thank you! You are getting so big!" I am always bragging up their big boy behavior.
Yesterday I was on my way to the bathroom with my little shadow, Ben, following closely behind. I was desperate for just a moment alone (what's that?) so when I saw he was planning on entering the bathroom with me I turned around and said, "No-no, Ben. I want to go to the bathroom all by myself."
Ben immediately gasped and said, "WOW! Good job, Mom!"