While your child is building their brain they need to constantly interact with their environment (mentally and physically) and this means testing the boundaries. The whole family can experience frustration at times, and there may possibly be lots of emotional outbursts. You will notice your toddler is learning different concepts and skills such as sharing and social play. This goes hand in hand with short concentration span and limited language to express their emotions.
Everyday activities provide a platform for your toddler to learn life skills such as negotiating and problem solving and they will use opportunistic moments to practice and build on these skills. For example taking time over getting dressed, packing and unpacking cupboards, wanting to do exactly what you do and wanting to help.
Children need to feel secure (emotionally and physically) and allowed to explore the world knowing that they have a safe and consistent base. Knowing the parent or carer will always be their anchor as they learn about the new world. Noticing your toddler displaying behaviour that is acceptable to you, and giving them lots of positive reinforcement, builds your toddlers self esteem.
A toddler benefits if their parents are consistent, fair, good role models, have open honest communication with each other, set clear boundaries and display lots of love. This will enhance a toddler’s life skills and emotional coping mechanisms.
Toddlers love repetition e.g. asking the same question, demanding the same story over and over again. This natural curiosity and drive to explore is vital in building brain connections and memory. Toddlers need to be egocentric as they learn about themselves before they can relate to others.
For families of babies and
young children who reside or work in Western Australia,
if you need further assistance contact the Ngala Helpline
Telephone 9368 9368 Country Access 1800 111 546
8am to 8pm 7 days a week or
When: 1 Dec, 10:00am
Birth to 12 months. Covers the impact of nutrition on brain development in the first year of life. Topics include when to introduce solids, variety, quantity and strategies to establish and encourage long term healthy eating patterns.