Monday, September 16, 2019

Toddlers (18months-3 years)

Developmental Task
To develop a sense of independence, autonomy, and a sense of self as separate from parents.

Characteristics of this Stage
Child “tests the limits” constantly in true “terrible twos” fashion. It is normal to be non-compliant, uncooperative and self centered. Tests out personal power and separateness.

Signs of Stress
Irritability and anxiety. Excessive fears and worries. Regression to earlier behaviors. Fear of separation, clinginess, and asking for absent parent.

Child Needs
Predictable and safe environment. Clearly defined and enforced limits (which help child feel safe and secure!) Firm, fair and consistent parenting. Very consistent and predictable schedule.