Top Ten Toddler Developments
I have written a few articles on the terrible twos and toddler obedience issues, and I realised that I haven’t said many positive things about the terrible twos yet (how can they be positive when they are called “terrible,” right?).
Well, my boy is two and a half and overall is a wonderful, sweet child. So many new developments happen with him everyday, and with a newborn child on the side, it is sometimes easy to overlook just how much he is developing and growing.
So this article is devoted to focusing on the Top 10 best moments and developments from the first half of his third year (ages two to two and a half):
- He started to ride his balancing bike “all by self.”
- He started playing really nicely on his own more often and also plays really nicely with others. He expresses himself through communication with other children more and more.
- He is able to put simple puzzles together and play with more complex toys.
- When he eats he gets less food on the floor. (yay!)
- He is able to put his sandals on “all by self” (and almost his socks too… this is very handy).
- He doesn’t need diapers at all anymore, not even at night, and can climb up on the toilet himself to go pee (he actually doesn’t like it if we try and help him… also very handy, when we have newborn diapers to change!)
- He started speaking in more complete sentences.
- He demonstrates a much wider variety of feelings.
- He is able to climb up high structures at the playground without any help.
- He said “I love papa” for the first time (and my heart melted instantly!)
So, while the terrible twos can be challenging at times, they are also a time of many exciting and heartwarming new developments and experiences. The trick is for us to do our best to focus on these positive moments and praise our children when they happen, rather than only focusing on their more “strong-willed” moments. Toddlers often learn that they get more attention when they act out or do something “bad”… our goal is to teach our children that doing something well is also a way to get attention.
Have a think about it. What are the best things that your toddler or “terrible two” has done recently? Share them here, and praise your child for it! Cheers.
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