Your Child Today
Parenting Tips for the Toddler(s) in Your Life.
Are your toddlers meeting their basic milestones in their five areas of development ?
Toddlers speech and language development is also very different then compared to early years. These children begin to talk about activities at school or friends' house, and they also speak clearly enough that unfamiliar listeners can understand most of their speech. As well, toddlers have the ability to use sentences that give lots of detail, and tell stories that stick to a topic, toddlers can answer simple questions that have more than four words, and also have the ability to understand simple questions about a story, and uses sentences that have a lot of details. One must not forget that children develop at their own paces. These developmental milestones are meant to give the parent a general idea of the changes you can expect when your child is between three and five years of age. Remember that there is a range of development "typical" for children. If you have any other questions regarding your child's skill, feel free to contact your pediatrician!
Toddler's Physical Development from 3 to 5 Years
Physically by the time your toddler is 3 years old, they will have the ability to walk with an almost adult style, run around obstacles, catch large balls and throw overhead. Children are also able to climb stairs one foot at a time, and generally have made a great improvement in their gross and fine motor skills. For example, children at this age are better at holding crayons and markers and can stack eight or more blocks. Children at this age also begin to recognize their limits and ask for help from others, enjoys helping with simple task and follows simple directions. On the other hand, 3 year old toddlers typically do not cooperate or share well with others. At this age your child is beginning to take in knowledge about himself, and the world around him.
- Transitions are difficult at this age. Provide warning of changes so your child has time to shift gears: “We’re leaving in 10 minutes.”
- Rituals are important. Household routines and schedules give your 3-year-old a sense of security.
- Point out colors and numbers in the course of everyday conversation: “You’re wearing your blue shirt” or “We made six cupcakes.”
- Encourage independent activity to build self-reliance.
- Provide lots of sensory experiences for learning and developing coordination — sand, mud, finger paints, puzzles.
- 4-year-olds crave adult approval. Provide lots of positive encouragement.
- Display calendars and analog clocks to help your child visualize the concept of time.
- Play word games to develop his growing vocabulary; overlook his fascination with bad words.
- Offer opportunities for sorting, matching, counting, and comparing.
- Provide lots of play space and occasions to play with other kids.
- Join in activities that develop coordination and balance — skipping and hopping, walking on the curb or crack in the sidewalk, or climbing trees.
- Encourage fine motor skills by letting your child cut pictures out of magazines, string beads, or play with take-apart, put-together toys.
- Take advantage of his interest in numbers by counting anything and everything; teach simple addition and subtraction by using objects, not numerals.
- Let your child know what to expect from an upcoming event or activity so he can prepare. Avoid springing things on him.
- Help him recognize his emotions by using words to describe them: “I see you’re angry at me right now.”