"Help me to do it alone."
- Maria Montessori
Montessori spoke about a child's "explosion into language". This is one of many sensitive periods a Toddler experiences. It's important that children hear lots of words: conversations and stories. Toddlers are also eager to know what everything is called! When they point to objects and ask "what's that?" -- tell them!
Sometimes referred to as the "terrible two's", the toddler years can be tricky. What's really going on? Toddlers experience a sensitive period for order. They want things how they want things (or exactly how they remember seeing it the last time) and deviations from their plans can cause them to be upset.
Toddlers need to move; to make big movements and small movements. From learning to walk, to learning to hold an object with a pincer grip, their bodies are constantly strengthening and refining their muscles.
Toddlers enjoy small objects. They'll stash little items away (pebbles, small toys, beads) in their pockets (which they also love!). This is because of their attention to detail and growing sensory skills.
This is the time your toddler will begin to have more control over their bodily functions. Following your child and accessing their readiness and interest in using the toilet will bring about more success. It's important to maintain consistency during this period.
Toddlers begin to notice peers and older toddlers and may even ditch parallel play for thinking and planning together with friends. This is a perfect time to emphasize kindness and manners.