Additionally, the following tips will further assist you in helping your child’s growth in their strengths and weaknesses as well as allows you to have fun as a family!
For play dates, give the children lots of toys to play with and choose from. Watch the children and their friends closely and step in if they fight or argue.
Give your child attention and lots of praise when he or she follows instructions. Limit attention for defiant or negative behavior.
Spend a lot more time praising good behaviors than punishing bad ones! This can help build their confidence without causing harm to the family relationship.
Language is a big part of our social and emotional development encourage your child to say a word instead of pointing. If your child can’t say the whole word (“milk”), give her the first sound (“m”) to help. Over time, you can prompt your child to say the whole sentence — “I want milk.”
Children at this age love to impress their family and enjoy new experiences. Hide your child’s toys around the room and let him find them.
Help your child do puzzles with shapes, colors, or farm animals. Name each piece when your child puts it in place.
While they don’t have the vast language to express their feelings, it is important to talk about your child’s emotions as they experience them. For example, say, “I can tell you feel mad because you threw the puzzle piece.” Encourage your child to identify different feelings in books and with different characters they see.
Children also love being helpful at this age, get them involved in helping you set the table or pack up their going out bag. This gives more opportunities to praise them! While this age can be a challenging time, it is very important for your child to feel connected to you as a family.
It is important to establish play time and dinner time routines to help calm your child’s feelings and to give you a daily opportunity to spend time together.
Don’t forget to keep the mood light and have a good time!