During the transition from baby to toddler, there are big changes in your child and big changes in your relationship. Your child:
There are huge developmental stages affecting your child on all levels. This can mean that parenting your toddler is totally different from parenting your baby. Toddlerhood is a metamorphosis and as a parent of a toddler you need to adapt and change your strategies to support and enjoy him. This is a time to feel your way and develop confidence as you get used to your emerging toddler.
There isn’t a prescribed list of techniques to control your toddler. Rather, we suggest a more holistic approach. You need to understand your unique toddler, his brain development and how best to cope with and enjoy this amazing phase. That said, although all toddlers and parents are unique, there are some things that every toddler needs.
By the time your toddler is two, his brain will have tripled in weight. This is not just padding. The first two years of your child’s life are a critical period of development. This can sometimes feel like a lot of pressure for a parent – to be the custodian of such a precious and miraculous brain. The good news is that toddlers don’t need complicated schedules and specialist education; the most important thing is your love and attention.
Loving parents around the world naturally do the things that meet their toddler’s emotional, physical and even cognitive needs. A loving parent:
Toddlers are very good at knowing intuitively what they need to learn. Your toddler will be drawn to the novel and will be good at integrating physical play with an underlying cognitive narrative. He has a language instinct and natural curiosity to engage with living things and to understand the laws of physics. He will be industrious, open-minded and full of wonder. Seeing the world through his eyes reminds us as parents of how wonderful and truly awesome it is.
As you come to get to know your toddler and understand his motives and understanding of the world, you will quickly become the world expert on your toddler. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that one expert can dole out one list of commandments that works for all toddlers, their parents and every eventuality. Hopefully you will feel empowered and confident enough to enjoy the ride that is toddlerhood.