I promise that no matter the struggle you are facing with your toddler, this crash course in child development toddlers will help clarify WHY toddlers seem so tricky and the suggestions will at least help you adjust to life with a toddler in this developmental stage.
Remember, this too shall pass…
This crash course in child development toddlers edition will help you navigate the ages from 14 months to 3 years old.
Crash Course in Child Development: Toddlers
Toddlers are egocentric (p. 40). In their minds, (based on their psychological abilities), the world revolves around them. They think if they see it and they want it, they can have it and it belongs to them. This is a product of their developing a sense of self and self esteem.
“[…] Toddlers learn about how to relate to other people through daily interactions with their families […],” (p.35) and “they learn how to treat others by experiencing how they are treated,” (p. 35).
The key tips for toddlers are:
1) impose limits,
2) present guidance (of behavior, language use, emotions) and,
3) instigate their curiosity.
This ‘tricky,’ misunderstood age group does not have to require complicated interventions. They need consistency, active adult presence, guidance, and interesting, developmentally appropriate activities to explore. I also use a developmental checklist found here.
Cherish this time because you are influencing and teaching your tricky toddler!
How have the toddler years been in your home?
Reference: The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
Enjoy your time at home!