Toddler Development: Welcome to the Terrific Twos! Toddler Development is full of learning: physical, emotional, and mental. Toddlers are becoming better at communicating, but this can add additional frustrations – as they can’t always have what they want!
Here is some information to keep in mind about your 2 Year Old Toddler’s Development
Your Toddler is Thinking
Your toddler may tend to ask, “Why?” a lot. Although they likely won’t understand the answer, they are learning that they have a role in conversations and are being introduced to new vocabulary.
Your toddler is beginning to remember things better. They will be able to hold people, places, and things in their mind for longer periods of time.
Toddlers are gaining better control of their bodies, making their frustrations (over their bodily limitations) much less. They are still frustrated by limits and rules though.
Your Toddler is Feeling
During the first half of this year, your toddler will likely seem happier and more relaxed. Emotions and reactions may not be as dramatic. But this may come back again near the end of two.
Your toddler may be extra affectionate with lots of hugs and kisses.
Toddlers enjoy the process more then the result. Cutting and gluing will be much more enjoyable then ‘finishing’ art.
Fears are still quite strong in many toddlers at this age. People in costumes may be especially upsetting. Toddler’s have a very clear views on how things should be – and people wearing costumes can be confusing and scary.
Your toddler will begin to share, but she likely will not want to and may snatch toys back.
Your Toddler is Doing
Toddlers can do many physical activities with ease now: Walking, running, jumping, going up and down stairs, and standing on tip toes
Toddlers love different sensations – playing in the mud, dirt, with clay, or in water. It is important to introduce him to many different sensations. They can be very easy – like a simple science experiment or play doh.
Your toddler still may use two hands at the same time to do things. When showing a toy, she likely will extend both arms.
Your toddler will continue to imitate you (such as talking on the phone) and can play simple pretend games (pretending his toy horse can talk).
In my personal opinion, two year olds are hilarious. Everyday they say or do something that is simply too cute for words. They may also say or do something that is too frustrating for words. Keeping your toddler’s development in mind may help. Toddler Development is so full of learning – physically, emotionally, and mentally – it is no wonder that these sweet 2 year olds can be a bit cranky!
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Langlois, C. (1998). Growing with Your Child: The complete guide to your baby’s development.
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