Children's Age-by-Age Guide: 18 Month to 2 Years
Your little one is off and running! He's climbing, too, and can kick a ball without tripping. His newfound dexterity extends to his fingers and hands; now he's able to use his hands to drink from a cup with ease, and his fingers begin to draw circles, somewhat crudely at first. He still lacks the self-control needed to express his anger and frustration in words and may resort to biting, hitting, or hair pulling.
Keep aggressive behavior in check by making sure your child gets plenty of physical play each day. Play catch, kick the soccer ball, or go to a playground so he can climb on the equipment and run in the grass.Developmental Milestones
Doing things by herself, when she wants to do them, is all-important to your little one now. She'll begin to test you-she may climb out of her crib or hide in closets. She is trying desperately to learn how to balance her need for security with her desire for autonomy. As she struggles, she can have a hard time making decisions-should she do this or shouldn't she? The tension she feels from this frustration can cause her to wake at night.
Although you can't really help your child master her struggle for independence, you can set firm limits but allow her to make her own choices when possible. Be consistent, especially in dealing with tantrums, for what you convey to her over time will eventually lead to self-discipline.
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