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Parenting Tips for the Toddler(s) in Your Life.

Are your toddlers meeting their basic milestones in their five areas of development ?

As your child grows in their early years, the world around them will open up and become more profound and intriguing. They will become more independent and will pay extra attention to adults and children outside of their family. These interactions your child has with family will begin to shape their personality and their individual ways of thinking and moving. One may ask themselves, "How can I support my child's learning process?" and this is very simple. For example, parents can support their child's learning process by reading to their child and also nurture their love for books by taking them to the library. Parents can also give toddlers a sense of independence by letting their child help with simple chores and other task. Supporting your child's language development is also very important, parents can help by speaking to their child in complete sentences and in "adult" languages in order to help children use correct words and phrases.

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

Knowing what to expect as your child grows can reassure you that your child is on track with their peers or alert you to potential concerns. Children go through many changes from the ages 3 to 5 years. These changes unfold stages over time and are marked by "generally" and or "typically" accepted developmental milestones. Since birth, you’ve watched your child grow and develop. You’ve noted their height and weight, when they crawled, stood, and walked, even when they spoke their first words — and perhaps compared all of these milestones of their infant and toddler years to the “norms.” The preschool and early school years are also full of changes. From three to five your child’s motor skills, language, thinking, and social development change dramatically.

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.
At four years old a toddler's running is more controlled, by this I mean that they have the ability to start, stop, and turn. Also children at this age can easily catch, throw and bounce a ball, not to mention that by this age they can usually hop on one foot and can enjoy climbing on playground equipment. Children are very independent at this age being that they can brush their teeth, comb their hair, wash, dress, and even use the bathroom with little assistance. A four years of age your child is silly, imaginative, and energetic, your child loves to try new words and activities.

  • 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.
Physically 5 year olds are able to run in a adult manner, walk backwards easily, walk on tip toes, have better coordination enables them to jm,p or hop forward. Also by this age your child has a dominant hand, and have advanced their gross and fine motor skills that enable them to copy shapes and letters and to tumble and easily change their feet. At this age your cooperative, easy going 5 year old loves to play and is the way they learn.

  • 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.”

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This newsletter was created as a way for parents everywhere to come together weekly and talk about the people we care so much about- our children. I created this newsletter to show that we parent are not alone, and we often face the same problems. If you have any questions or suggestions of new ideas, feel free to contact me !

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