During this month your toddler may start to experience quite complex emotions, such as jealousy (another child playing with her toys), pride (at building a tower correctly, for example), affection (towards Mum and Dad) and shame (if she has had a tantrum or has hit or bitten another child). Although her emotions are intense, they are relatively short-lived so she can be having a full-blown tantrum one minute and showering you with kisses the next. Distraction is probably the key to dealing with more negative emotions, but don’t forget to praise your child when she displays positive emotions like pride or she shares her toys with others.
If last month was all about your child’s hands, this month it is her feet. Your toddler may be able to stand and balance on one leg, try to encourage games like hopscotch that help to improve balance. She will also be able to kick a ball well and can move seamlessly between hopping, jumping, dodging out of people’s way, crouching and unfortunately kicking!
If your child is good at balance and has been riding a tricycle for some time, it may be a good idea to think about a small bicycle with training wheels. Although she will need the training wheels for some time, she will get used to the bikes steering and balancing on it for when she is ready to ride solo.
For some toddlers at this age, going to bed can be a struggle as there are too many interesting activities to do when awake. For parents of toddlers who desperately need some time off and probably a glass of wine, this can be frustrating, especially if they are able to get out of bed and join you. Try to keep your child in a regular routine especially at bedtime so she knows that when she is having her bath, bed comes soon. Make sure her room is dark (with a small nightlight if she doesn’t like it) and that she has had some wind down time before bed. This can mean a story or, if he is reluctant to go to sleep, some quiet play on her own for half an hour to make her sleepy.
Bedtime can also mean relaxing in your room rather than having to go straight into sleep, after all it probably takes you time to unwind before you fall asleep, so keep this in mind. Make sure she gets plenty of time outside in the fresh air everyday so that she uses up all that toddler energy.