Relationships with toddlers change as your child develops independence, language, and big feelings.
Strengthen your relationship by listening and talking with your toddler, doing everyday things together, and giving him positive attention.
A warm and responsive relationship with you is key to your toddlers’ development and wellbeing.
When you have this kind of relationship with your toddler, they feel safe and secure. A sense of security gives your toddler confidence to explore the world and learn. And as your child explores the world, they learn how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions and develop social skills.
Your relationship with your toddler: what to expect.
The toddler years are really all about independence. So once you grasp that concept it makes nurturing your toddler easier to understand and handle.
Children develop quickly in the toddler years. As your toddler develops, you’ll probably find your relationship with them changes from when they were a baby.
Your toddler is learning that they are a separate person from you. They’ll want to be independent – they might want to feed or dress themselves or put on their own seatbelt. At the same time, your toddler might fear being separated from you and not want you to leave them with other people. It’s a time of mixed emotions!
Your toddler’s ability to use and understand language will develop very quickly during this time which is exciting. This language development means you can share more activities and games and start working on developing and expanding your child’s social skills like sharing and turn-talking. For example, you can play with a ball and say: ‘Roll the ball to me’ or ‘It’s my turn now’.
Your toddler’s emotions are developing too. They’ll have big feelings but won’t always be able to control them or find the words to express them. Your little one might express frustration through having a tantrum. If you can tune into your child’s feelings, you might find that you can sometimes stop tantrums from happening. And tuning in is always a good way to build and nurture your relationship.
Module 4 of my TODDLER Roadmap covers this in far more detail called ‘Handling Tantrums Positively’ and it’s where I show you my unique ‘Circle of Confidence Technique’ that will save your sanity!
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