One second your child will be running around the living room and hiding under a chair the next. Welcome to toddler life!
Your little one is testing their new feelings of independence and needs your love and support. They may climb up by themselves on playground equipment only to realize they need your help once they’re at the top. This is ok! These years are full of testing limits and trying new activities.
Yes, it seems your toddler is becoming more confident each day, but social and play skills take time to develop. You may notice your child gets upset easily, which is where the term ‘terrible twos’ comes from. It’s normal for toddlers to cry about the “little things” because young children can’t always communicate their feelings, which can be very frustrating.
You can help by asking your little one questions about feelings, “Are you upset because I said you needed to wait until after dinner to have a cookie?” This helps them learn how to put feelings into words. Also, don’t forget to talk about your feelings too! “Wow, I’m so happy you helped me put your toys away, what a good helper.”
Still Your Best Friend
Enjoy all of the fun moments that come along with raising a toddler. You’re still their favorite playmate and also their teacher. Take time together to explore new parks, the outdoors, and different household objects and toys during playtime.
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