Your Toddler


What are typical behavioral characteristics and challenges?
Children are in the Toddler Years from 1 years old until their 3rd birthday. During this time, they go through many new physical, emotional and intellectual experiences, such as:

What are some solutions to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)?
The new experiences that toddlers face can be overwhelming for them and for their parents. Many parents have questions about their child's behavior during this time. Check out some solutions for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) you may be asking yourself:

I have tried talking to my toddler about his behavior and he doesn't seem to understand. What can I do to better communicate with him? How can I influence his behavior? Is he too young to try?

Remember that your child has a limited vocabulary and doesn't understand everything you say. It's important not to use too many words. Don't expect your child to understand another person's viewpoint because children this age are very egocentric. Also, your child does not yet understand logical relationships such as cause and effect - you may already realize it is impossible to logically reason with a toddler. Practice these ways to communicate with your toddler:

My 2-year-old seems so fearless! She runs so fast - I'm worried she'll hurt herself. I love her free spirit and don't want to cramp her style, but I want to teach her to be more careful. How can I do that with a 2-year-old?

Between 2 to 6 years of age, children will experience life with excitement and courage. Here are some strategies to balance curiosity with safety and appropriate boundaries:

My toddler will not respond to the word "No." As soon as I say "no" to something, he whines, protests or cries - nonstop. He will not do what we tell him to do. Please help!
Getting our toddler to go to bed has been dreadful. He cries and cries. My husband thinks that just putting him in his room with the lights off will solve the problem. Now he's wetting his bed almost every night and refuses to stay in his bed all night.

Sleep is a very complicated issue in many homes. If your child is wetting his bed or sleep has become this much of a struggle, talk with your child's doctor about strategies you can use. These books may also be helpful:
When my child is really acting up, I give her a quick spanking and her behavior stops immediately. Spanking seems to work better than any of the other disciplinary methods I've tried, so why is it bad?
My toddler doesn't always listen to me. It's a struggle to get her to do what I say. There's no reasoning with her, especially once she's throwing a tantrum. How can I effectively discipline her?

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