Development & Behavior
What should my toddler be doing right now?
You can never predict your child’s behaviors in this time. For example, someone who is been finally sleeping soundly through the night begins popping up in your bed at 3 a.m. Or a child who was always obedient becomes angry, stubborn and uncontrollable. And a child who was potty-trained early suddenly has a rash of accidents.
Your preschooler has an incredible eye and ear for details. Because he is learning about so many new things and experiences, he is attuned to sounds, colors, relative sizes, and movements that you probably tune out. Do not be surprised to hear him referring to “the cat that meows” or “my blue shoes.”
You will soon be noticing some changes in those scribbles. When a toddler first learns to make a mark on paper (around 12 to 15 months), it is all he can do to grasp the crayon and he progresses to being able to make straight lines and random squiggles, with most of the motion coming from his wrist. Around two and a half, though, a preschooler’s fingers develop better dexterity. He can now grasp the crayon between his thumb and fingers. This gives him better control, and some recognizable shapes will start to appear on the paper: primitive stick people, trees, houses.
What should my toddler be preparing to do?
Resist the urge to laugh at mispronunciations and mistakes of your child. Rather than correcting such errors, you might echo back what your child said in the right way but without commenting on the difference. Then go immediately over to a special notebook you keep for these immortal sayings and write them down so you never forget.
You are probably learning which discipline strategies work best for you. But here is one you should never use: Do not take away your child’s lovey such as favorite teddy, doll, blank, or other beloved transitional object as punishment. A lovey is a powerful symbol of you and a source of great comfort to your child. No matter how mad you are or what kind of lesson you want to teach, you do not want to mess with something as central to your child’s well-being as that.
Give your child lots of opportunity to use art materials. Provide different kinds: fat crayons, fat pencils and colored pencils, nonpermanent markers, sidewalk chalk, watercolor, clay. Do not get too caught up in what of the art; it’s the how that your child is focusing on now.
What should happen to my toddler when I visit my doctor?
You should not compare your child with his peers, because each child grows up differently. If he is learning new words, skills, and concepts regularly, then he is doing just fine. But if he seems to be at a standstill or regressing in certain areas, you should talk to your child’s doctor if the intervention is necessary, the sooner the better.
What should I tell my doctor?
Take your child to the doctor right away if you have any concerns about his abnormal signs. Take blood test for the risk of anemia or lead poisoning.
What to expect
What health concerns should I expect?
Your energizer bunny should certainly be walking, running, and climbing by now, but there is a wide range of normal when it comes to other large and small motor skills. For instance, bloomers may be able to balance on one foot, jump forward, and throw a ball now. And while your child might not be doing all of these, do check in with your doctor if he still cannot coordinate his movements to stack blocks or if he falls frequently (especially by age three).
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Review Date: March 26, 2019 | Last Modified: March 26, 2019
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