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Tantrum Toddler

Sometime around the 2nd year, your toddler will hit the “terrible twos.”

This simply means that your baby is gaining independence and is trying to become his or her own person. Some of the attributes of a two year old are listed under Growth and Development 2-3 Years.

Other characteristics you can expect in this search for self include:

Impatience - Your toddler wants was she wants NOW.

Hitting, Biting and Kicking - Physically lashing out is a means of communicating for your 2 year old when he is frustrated or angry. This is the tantrum year as well.

“NO” - In an effort to become an independent little person, your toddler will use the word “no” frequently. This is by no means a determined effort to defy you. It is her way of letting you know that she is gaining a sense of self and power. This is an extremely confusing time for your child. Patience and understanding are key.

Needs Routine - With so much happening in the toddler’s emotional development, routine is security. Their need for daily routines helps toddlers to know what to expect. Of course there will be days when this is not possible, but expect difficulties with your young one on these days. Taking your toddler grocery shopping during his naptime is a tantrum waiting to happen.

Mood Changes - Yes, you will experience both ends of the emotional spectrum at this age. Your toddler is developing emotional balance and this takes time. Sharp mood swings are inevitable.

Baby Behavior - Your toddler will revert to baby behavior as well. This is a way of his coping with his new found skills and yet underdeveloped emotional skills. It is okay to respond to this behavior like you would a baby. However, it is not recommended that you encourage it.

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