Toddler Tendencies, Habbits and The Terrible Two's

The toddler years are a time of learning and growth! As these children become more mobile, parents may be on high alert to protect and provide safety for these newfound movers! Each new skill learned is a proud moment for parents as they may be following the “Ages and Stages” milestone charts for assurance that their child is developing on schedule.

Each child, however, will develop at their own pace and will learn new skills in their own time. Every day is an opportunity to help a child learn language through talking and reading to your child. Reading can happen anywhere and doesn’t just have to be at bedtime. Large and fine motor skills are developing and opportunities to enjoy outdoor play take on even greater importance!  

How much your toddler engages in play, learning, and talking can also be impacted by their individual temperament! Children who are sensitive may need individuals who communicate with a soft voice. Children who notice everything happening around them may need to have fewer play choices so that they can experience success.

Do you have a toddler who reacts to situations with intensity? This too is a temperament trait and learning to help your child navigate intensity can help you both reduce the stress and anxiety that intense emotions can raise. A toddler who is slower to engage in play with others may need the helpful encouragement of another adult or teacher.

 

Other things our toddlers may do: 

·       Taking off their clothes anytime, anywhere

·       Banging their head repeatedly on the crib railing before he/she goes to sleep

·       Holding their breath in an attempt to get what they want

·       Drinking bathwater

·       Shoving every little thing up their nose or into their ears

·       Moving a present aside and playing with the box instead

·       Developing logic-defying eating habits

·       Reading the same books repeatedly

·       Clinging to you one minute and pulling away the next

·       Being obsessed with the computer

·       Only wanting the father