The Wonderful Ones and the Terrible Twos

March 31st, 2009by admin


Children who are between the ages of one year and three years are referred to as a group as “toddlers,” but there is a great deal of difference between a one-year-old and a three-year-old. Here we’ll just discuss onesies and twosies.

The main job of a one-year-old as he progresses to being a two-year-old is to establish self-awareness, develop speech, become responsive to others, and begin to get the basics of self-control.

When a child is between the ages of one and two, parents can begin to take note of indications of developmental problems. Excessive adaptability problems become apparent; withdrawal, passivity, fearfulness; obsessive head banging, finger sucking, rocking; lack of interest; and being overly rebellious. If any of these extreme behaviors are noted by parents, they should be discussed with the pediatrician.

Physical development between one and two years includes:

  • Learning to walk
  • Learning to climb
  • Pushing and pulling objects
  • Stacking one object on top of another
  • Removing clothing

Intellectual development between one and two years includes:

  • Begins to explore the world around him
  • Used all five senses to learn about his world
  • Begins to learn and say names of simple objects
  • Can form simple one- or two-word sentences
  • Begins to enjoy and maybe imitate simple melodies and rhythms

Social development between one and two years includes:

  • Becoming possessive of his own possessions
  • Enjoying interaction with familiar people
  • Waves bye-bye and begins to accept separation

Emotional development between one and two years includes:

  • Begins to develop trust
  • Throws temper tantrums
  • Is usually happy but can become angry
  • May become frustrated

Morals begin to develop at about age two and are indicated by the child becoming sensitive to and seeking the approval of the adults in his world.

If you are looking for more great tips on how to deal with the terrible twos make sure to check out the “Talking to Toddlers” audio program.

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