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Month 42

Giving your toddler space and love at the same time, can be tricky, but toddler's at this age crave independence but also rely heavily on your support. Just telling your child you are there for them as they attempt something that scares them (a new tricycle or scary slide in the park) can give them the confidence to complete the task.

Stress

It's easy to be envious of our children at this age, with their carefree nature, ability to nap and play all day and generally have parents do everything for them. However, it is important to note that your child can get stressed at this young age, especially at the thought of being away from you, or coping with new friends and new situations. Toddlers, just like babies, love having routines and this can help them to deal with life around them. If your child does seem stressed about a particular situation; starting nursery school for instance, it may be helpful to find a book which deals with this new experience. Reading about a new baby arriving, or going to the dentist can help to make it a familiar experience for toddlers and will encourage you both to talk about it together.

Lessons

One of the hardest lessons you will have to learn as a parent is to allow your child to try again. During this age your child will probably fall while trying to climb something, or stumble over words. Your instincts will probably be to jump in and help your child out right away. Try to avoid doing this so your child can learn the right way to approach a new task. You will need to encourage your child to try again and give them some reassurance that they are doing a good job. No one likes to fail, but it is a part of life and it will benefit your children in the long run as they develop their problem-solving skills. Don't forget the words of Albert Einstein: “I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Identify

Your child may be able to identify and create objects out of blocks by either stacking them by shape or by colours. Along with blocks they may attempt to identify objects on a regular basis. If you are reading to them, they will probably be able to identify a fork and know that a spoon goes with it. Your child will love their expanding vocabulary and will continuously ask you ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. These questions will help them learn about how the world works around them.  Your child is very curious about everything and wants to figure the world out. You can help by identifying objects that belong together; the toys belong in the toy box, or a jumper belongs with a pair of trousers.

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