Posted June 10, 2011on:
Little ones start to understand limits around now — but that doesn’t mean they follow them.
Hey, I’m halfway between one and two! Hallmarks of this age include impatience with, well, just about everything (I want juice…NOW!!). You may also encounter some toddler sleep problems in the form of a reluctance to nap (it might be time to ditch that morning snooze), rebellion at bedtime (consider making it a little later and a tendency to wake up (very!) early in the morning. You may also find your toddler interfering with your phone calls and visitors as he lets you know loudly and clearly that he wants to be the center of attention. Don’t be surprised if, despite his burgeoning independence, he still has separation anxiety (like the dreaded drop-off at day care). Empathize with him (I know it’s hard to say good-bye) and be sure to pack a favorite furry friend in his bag, but don’t feed his misery by getting upset yourself. And speaking of misery, plenty of parents must cope with some serious stroller struggles these days since toddlers hate to be confined (and that goes for high chairs and car seats as well). Distraction may help, but ultimately, your best bet is to stay cool and stand firm. Finally, it’s not too soon to lay the groundwork for good manners by always setting a good example yourself and by explaining why we say please and thank you (hint: it’s as much about kindness as it is about courtesy).
A year and a half. Wow. We have the impatience. He won’t wait for anything. The temper tantrums continue and now he’s started falling backwards on he floor. *sigh* Getting in the car is a chore because he wants to turn around and look in the front seat. He is becoming more and more stubborn but when he’s asleep I can laugh at his quirks. He’s learning to count and when someone says “one” he will yell out “two.” He’s picking up more words like “thank you”, “go”, “yo joe” (his Dad keeps bringing up GI JOE). He has a book of sounds and he can recognize what sounds are on the pages and tries to say them (buzz, croak, chirp). He talks A LOT but it’s all toddler speak and for the most he’s ok with just talking to himself and his toys.
He tripped and fell the other day and ended up with a knot on his forehead. The poor thing was really upset. He’s a daredevil so I know that we’ll see more of this in the future.