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What's Up, Baby?

Apr 01, 2015 02:37PM ● By Press Release

Watch out, here I come! I am lovin' my new mode of transportation - feet! You told grandma that I'm into everything. I'm into exploring, because everything is a new toy to me. Please be my secure base. I look to make sure you are in my sight for security. I truly appreciate staying in my comfort zone because strangers and strange places scare me. If you want me to get along with Aunt Bertha, you'll have to introduce me slowly. Thank you for providing so many new adventures and objects for me to explore. Your responsiveness will help me to learn from this new exciting environment.

You are beginning to see your child's personality. Research is pretty conclusive that children are born with individual temperaments. Often, a child's temperament and a parent's temperament don't match. It is important to be aware of the differences.  You are the adult who is mature enough to make adjustments. You make adjustments to accommodate for different personalities at work and with your family, so you can make adjustments with your toddler in similar ways.

Be responsive to her feelings. It is important to step in before her feelings are uncontrollable. Offer words of encouragement and a little assistance when necessary.

Some children are easily diverted and other children are persistent. Choices work better than commands and demands in guiding your child toward self-regulation.

Play together often. He is not able to share and take turns yet. He can play near other children, but not cooperatively. Your toddler needs someone to play games with who will let him take the lead. You will be like an assistant: tasting the tea, rocking the baby, adding blocks to the tower. Talk about what you do together so he will know that you are present with her and learn from your use of problem solving.

Your toddler will want to exert more and more independence. He wants to do things on his own, but may not have the ability. Try to offer only as much help as needed. A little struggle is necessary for learning new skills. By doing things independently, your infant learns to enjoy the rewards of his efforts.

What's up baby? Empowerment!

Reference Used:

Louisiana Department of Education (2013). Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards.