Toddler – Preschooler Development & Parenting Tips (2 – 5 years)

When a child takes the first step on his or her own, a new phase in development begins.  At this stage children are now free to roam around their world.  It is a time for active exploration of their environment.  Language development takes major leaps which leads to learning the names of objects of interest, the ability to ask for things and as they discover their independent nature, yes, they develop the ability to say “NO!”.

During this developmental stage, a major challenge is developing what psychologists call emotional regulation.  “Meltdowns” are common during this period but parents can use the bond developed during infancy to help the child learn to modulate their emotional expression and begin to grasp the difficult concept of delay of gratification.  While they instinctively seem to be able to say “NO” toddlers also need help in learning how to accept “No” from others.

This is also a stage of rapid physical and intellectual development preparing these children for starting school which includes interacting cooperatively with peers while at the same time being able to compete physically and intellectually.  A child’s parent is in the position to be a coach providing just the right combination of encouragement, support and guidance.  Parents also need to serve as primary teacher for the mastery of basic learning skills and encourage active discussion and experimentation of new concepts and skills.

Toddler – Preschool Development:

Normal Stages of Human Development (Birth to 5 Years)

General Developmental Sequence Toddler through Preschool

Language Development In Children

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Guidelines For Parent/Child Communication

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Dealing with the Angry Child

Selecting a Baby Sitter

Handling Sibling Rivalry

Tips to Organize your Kids’ Playroom

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Should Babies and Toddlers Watch Television?

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Handling Tantrums, Fussing and Whining: Parent Guide

Smart Ways of Tackling the Terrible Twos

Toddlers Tantrum Tips and Tricks – What Really Works

Why Do Toddlers Hold Their Breath?

Parenting Tips for Raising Preschoolers:

How to Deal with Preschool Temper Tantrums

The Importance of Setting Limits for Preschoolers