Toddlerhood is a beautiful and complex stage in a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional , social and interpersonal development. By the age of 3, a toddler’s physical abilities will allow for independent movement, exploration and an ever-increasing curiosity about the world around them. Becoming aware of these subtle developmental characteristics allow parents to be fully present so that we can provide the safe emotional space a toddler needs in difficult moments. Once we understand the inner world of our child, we can show up from a place of love and empowerment. So, what do we need to know about our toddler’s inner world? Find the answers below:
- A toddler has become aware that they are a separate self (individual) from the primary caregiver. This means that the strive for autonomy and independence is the main driver for all behavior.
- A toddler’s language skills are advancing rapidly; however, toddlers are incapable of verbalizing their needs and emotions. They will use behavior to communicate, primarily through temper tantrums, aggression, lack of cooperation, and a resistance to rules and structure.
- A toddler is a magical thinker—they use symbols and imagination. They have not yet learned to distinguish between reality and fantasy.
- A toddler is beginning to actively master impulse control (for example, toilet training).
- A toddler’s foundation of self-esteem and personal will is being built now and depends entirely on the response from their caregiver.
- The toddler’s impulse is to explore—they want and need to feel independent.
- A toddler needs secure attachment and connection with at least one primary caretaker in his/her life.
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Yours in growth and gratitude,
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