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The "terrible twos" can be an emotional time for both you and your child. But the teaching, warmth and security you provide now will help her feel comfortable, capable and special. You will make her proud of herself as a person - and ready to succeed!
By the time she's 3 years old, you can expect your child to:
Every child develops at her own pace, so it's impossible to tell when your child will learn a particular skill. But here are some warning signs to watch for by the time she is 3 years old:
If you notice any of these warning signs, be sure to talk about them with your pediatrician at your child's next checkup.
Tips for Success
Teach early math concepts by counting out everyday activities.
(What you will need: no special materials) Give your child practice counting objects even before she understands what numbers mean. Use everyday experiences as you go about your daily routine. Here are some examples:
Tips for Success
Teach body parts and functions by playing this game.
(What you will need: no special materials)
Ask your child to say what a body part does. Then ask her to show you how to do it. Take turns pointing and naming body parts. Examples:
Tips for Success
Supervise your child's play with other children to help her learn to take turns and cooperate with other children.
Experiment with measuring by using various items and different sized containers.
(What you will need: Empty plastic containers of different shapes [yogurt cups, margarine tubs, etc.], uncooked rice, pasta, cereal, or water)
Have your child fill an empty container and then pour the contents into another container. Ask, "Is the container full? Not full? Too full?" Ask older children which container holds more, less, the same. This is a great bath activity with water.
Checkups and Immunizations
Take your child to a pediatrician for yearly checkups at ages 2 and 3. Ask the doctor or nurse about any problems you're having with your child. Remember to bring her immunization record to each checkup. Your doctor may choose to give your child some immunization shots at these checkups. Make sure your child visits the dentist regularly.
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Key findings from a study by the National Academy of Sciences may help you to nurture your own child's health development. These key findings include:
The following chart describes many of the things your baby is learning between 24 and 36 months and what you can do to support your child in all areas of his or her development. If you have any questions regarding your child's development, ask your pediatrician.
|Two-year olds often lack the verbal skill to describe their emotions, which can make them feel powerless and frustrated.||Converse and read with your child as often as you can and let him know you understand what he's experiencing.||What does your child like to talk about? How does he manage difficult feelings and situations? What helps him cope?|
|Play is essential in aiding his development. It helps him interact with friends and learn concepts (up, down, big, small).||Encourage pretend play and get involved. It will encourage creativity. Plan for him to spend time with other children to learn to interact and make friends.||What kind of play does he enjoy and how do you know? What does it tell about him? How does he use imagination and what do you think he is learning by pretending?|
|Motor development of active two-year-olds allows them the freedom to explore in new ways as they run, jump and climb.||Spend time outside to run, jump and climb. Go to park where kids are. Include him in family sports. Create a safe in-home place where he can explore. Take walks and teach him concepts such as big and small.||How active is he? Is he in constant motion or happy to sit quietly and play? What do you think he is learning through pretend play?|
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