Once spoken these word create a time warp where everything take three times longer than would be expected as reasonable.
First there is the rejection of all offers of reasonable aid. This is often accompanied by physical and verbal confrontation by the one in need of assistance.
Second there is the attempt at independence. Rarely successful, this is often a frustrating process and may lead to tears, whining and general dissatisfaction.
Finally, there is acceptance that tasks such as tying shoes or buttoning a jacket are beyond the fine motor skills of a two year old. This leads to the grudging acceptance of the minimum amount of assistance.
Only to lead to the words, “I do it!” for the very next thing we do.