Managing Toddler Independence

You have likely heard the term, “Terrible Twos” as your child approaches two years old. Two year olds are learning how to be independent – realizing that he is his own person, separate from his family members. She is learning how to communicate what she likes and dislikes and carry out her own plans.

Still, toddlers do not yet understand logic or how to control strong needs and emotions. That’s why children at this age can have some challenging behaviors, and need your help in learning how to manage developing emotions.

There are many resources to help you learn how to teach your child how to be independent, making choices that are safe and healthy. Here are three to explore: 

ZERO TO THREE

One great article is Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It and How to Respond 

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

One helpful resource is Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines

Bright Horizons

One article to check out is Toddler Development: Helping Your Child Through the “Me Do It” Stage