As toddlers begin to realize that they are individual people and can make decisions (albeit small decisions), they want to start asserting that independence and individuality. For example, they might not want to eat what was prepared for breakfast even though it is one of their favorite foods – they are simply trying out how to make choices on their own.
The toddler stage is also when they start learning language skills and how to verbally make their desires known. However, their sense of logic is not yet developed, so it is every parent’s job to balance out providing the child what they need but not absolutely everything they may want. This helps to establish boundaries at a key age.
Learning to Communicate
Some toddlers have temper tantrums when they aren’t understood, or when they’re trying to push the boundaries of discipline. It is important for the parent not to respond in kind but rather to walk away, and teach the child the lesson by not rewarding their bad behavior with your attention.
Learning to Build
A toddler is also beginning to learn eye-hand coordination and picking things up and placing them down purposefully, such as when playing with blocks. They will learn that they must be careful not to knock down something that they enjoyed building! But they will also learn that they can build it again.
It’s your reaction as a parent that’s imperative in teaching your child how to react appropriately to every situation, even minor annoyances and frustrations. They will copy you.
Learning to Be Creative
You may teach your toddler how to use crayons, and even how to write one or two letters that are in their name. They can learn color associations, such as blue for the sky and water, yellow and orange for the sun, green for grass, and so on. They can then take it from there and be creative.
Do not stifle them from being creative; be sure to encourage them in every step, as long as they are not breaking the crayons on purpose. Keep an eye out for anything that seems unusual, however – if they think brown and purple are the same color, there may be an issue with seeing colors. Have your child see a pediatrician for an evaluation.
Toddlers are like sponges, and they watch and learn how to react from watching their parents deal with stressful situations. Keep that in mind with your own reactions, such as while driving or when something breaks.
Pediatricians in Northeast Massachusetts
There are so many tricks to raising a happy and healthy toddler. The best way to get started is by having your child checked regularly by a skilled pediatrician to ensure the child is growing and developing properly.
The physician will also ensure that there are no underlying medical problems. The doctor will answer all of your questions about the latest knowledge – and even about the latest rumors, such as questions about vaccinations.
If you are in northeast Massachusetts, contact our caring team at Children’s Health Care today by calling us at (978) 465-7121 (Newburyport) or (978) 373-6557 (Haverhill), or request a consultation now via our online form. We are open every day including holidays in case your toddler needs to be seen quickly.