Your Toddler Is Now Growing Independent

Your Toddler Is Now Growing Independent

When your child is 2-3 years old, he will probably be interested in everything and everyone, especially if it is new or different. He now wants to explore things on his own.

What you need to know:

At this stage, your child wants to be a part of whatever you do. He will try to imitate you. He will also insist on trying to do many things by himself as he becomes more independent. Your child wants to pick out his own clothes and will become more vocal about what he wants, likes and dislikes. Being as loving and supportive as possible during this time of exploration will increase your child's sense of confidence and independence.

Your child will begin to push the limits to see what he can get away with. By breaking the rules or pushing the limits your child is seeing how you react to him. Your child is testing you to see if you will still love him even when he misbehaves. And although it can be extremely frustrating at times, your child is learning that you are someone whom he can count on to keep him safe. Stay calm when your child is upset. Reinforce attempts at speech by responding, imitating vocalizations, and maintaining eye contact.

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