Safety: Children this age explore the environment without fear. They are unable to differentiate actions that may be dangerous. Close observation at all times is essential to keep your child safe.
Parenting: Discipline with love by using firm, consistent rules. Tantrums are common at this stage. Use time-out and distraction for unacceptable behavior and always generously praise your child for good behavior. Give your child a choice whenever possible: “would you like to brush your teeth now or after a story?” Limit TV watching to less than 2 hours per day of good quality children’s entertainment. This is an excellent time to start giving your child some duties such as picking up her clothes and putting them in a hamper.
Play: Reading remains one of the most important activities that you can share with your child. 2 year olds can enjoy singing, dancing and rhymes. They now will play alone for longer periods of time and also play alongside other children but continue to have difficulty sharing toys. They enjoy being outside. Many two year olds enjoy riding toys like a tricycle but most still have difficulty with the pedals choosing instead to propel themselves forward with their feet. Be sure to establish the healthy habit of wearing a helmet for riding toys early.
Next visit is at 3 years of age.