The time from
eighteen months to three years is one of the most exciting
periods of growth. Toddlers are able to do many new things.
They run, jump, climb and have conversations with you.
They begin to explore their power and independence. And
they have their own thoughts about what they want and
don’t want, like and dislike. You will often hear
the words “No!”, “Mine!” and “I
can do it myself.”
Toddlers are testing their limits and yours. They want
to be independent, but they still depend on caring adults.
Your child may act like a three-year-old one minute and
a one- year-old the next. He may have tantrums or break
into tears because he can’t do everything for himself.
As you guide him, he will learn self-control and become
more considerate of others.
A Great Time to Learn Two Languages
Jasmine is learning Persian at home as
well as English.
Children Learn Through Play
Your toddler learns through all his senses as he plays.
He learns by moving, climbing, fitting into spaces and
carrying and dumping things. His waking moments are
filled with discoveries. Find ways to give him safe
and interesting experiences. Call National Parent Info
Network. Visit www.zerotothree.org.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Children Develop Differently
develop and learn at
different rates. Accept your child as he is and try not
to compare him with others. But trust your instincts if
you think there may be a problem. If you have questions
or concerns about your child’s development, talk
to your doctor or call California Early Start.
- From 18 to 36 months, children
learn many new words and use them in new ways. They first
learn words for family, pets and favorite things. Later,
they begin to use language for “make-believe.”
They begin to label their feelings and tell you when they
are happy, sad or mad.
Your toddler may learn new words every day or may listen
for months and then begin to speak in full sentences.
If your child has no words at 18 months or no phrases
at 30 months, ask your doctor how to have your child evaluated.
Your child may need more help to learn language.