Early Childhood Toddler Behavior

Everyone always has a lot of advice to offer about toddler behavior. Being the parent of, or working with toddlers is very rewarding and can also be a challenge. We would like to offer you some practical ideas and hope that you can use some of our activities to help make your time with the toddlers an enjoyable one.

Toddler behavior, or if you like toddler misbehaviour is not aimed at us as adults personally. The toddler is busy learning about their place in the world and how they fit into it. Life very much revolves around them, they see something they want and they just go for it. Unfortunately this can sometimes involve aggressive behaviors such as a child hitting or a toddler biting. This is pretty normal behavior for toddlers.At this age the brain development of a toddler means they are engaging their limbic system or the emotional part of their brain. This explains the emotional turmoil that they experience. When you think about how much they learn, in what is really a very short space of time, is it any wonder that they clash with us as adults.

play in early childhood Often we hear others talk about the terrible twos and how the toddler can't share, they have to touch everything, they have tantrums, they hit out at others and yes even sometimes bite. How about if we think of it in a more positive light and consider that normal behavior for toddlers is about them finding out about the world and their place in it, they are busy exploring and have a sense of wonder about what is around them, they are moving from complete dependence on others to learning to be more independent.

Let your toddler learn to do things for themselves. Tell them what you want them to do rather than what you don't want them to do. If you show respect for the toddler then they will learn to show respect for others. Toddlers are learning self control and it is up to us to show them how, to model the appropriate behaviors and to show them other ways to get what they want. It then can begin to make much more sense and hopefully help us to deal more positively with those so called "terrible twos".




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