Toddlers- What you need to know.
WRITTEN BY STEPHEN SHEPHERD
Your child has reached their first birthday and is walking and has some speech. If not, keep an eye on this and try to promote walking and talking. Your child can now reach table tops and low shelves and will become interested in turning switches on and off. (Please secure any and all gang/plug sockets long before this point.)
So your child should be saying a few words and as a parent you will understand what your child is asking for and a lot of what they ask for you can predict by the time of day i.e. lunchtime song comes on the telly you know your going to hear ‘Dad I’m hungry!’
Climbing on chairs next to you may be all nice and cute, but climbing up a set of stairs alone won’t be funny – you will need gates to secure or block areas so your child doesn’t hurt themselves.
As your child gets to almost two, they will be walking everywhere and maybe running a lot; you will find them full of energy and may have problems settling them at bedtime. By this point you need to be taking them out for a walk or a play park and let them tire themselves out. The fresh air and exercise tires them out far more than just exercise at home. Maybe meet other mums and their kids their age to play with as they will want to play with someone their age.
Grand parents can be a godsend, but they can also be a total pain with your children. Some are great and understand you are the parent and leave you to discipline them, while others take over and just confuse your child as to what they should be doing. Involve the grand parents as they are just helping regardless of what the help is they are offering.
By the age of three and four, things will becoming ‘Mine, Mine, Mine,’ and sharing with other kids is sometimes not an option! Remain firm on this and explain each time how sharing works both ways, with an understanding they get it back after. Also at this point, brothers and sisters near their age will be defining their roles within the family. They are becoming self sufficient, this also applies with playing with friends their age. It’s all fun and games at first, until an argument flares up over the latest Tonka toy and it’s time to intervene.
At the age of four, you register your child to begin school. Your child will no longer be your lovely baby boy or girl. Once they start school, things will change and new challenges arise.
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