Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

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Toddlers dressing themselves

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

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Learning to ride a bike

Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike until he or she is ready, at about age 5 or 6. Consider the child’s coordination and desire to learn to ride.

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Tots and the world around them

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them.

Still, they view everything in terms of themselves. As they start to discover other people, they learn how to elicit reactions from them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.

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Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

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Balancing Activity

Wrap old phone books in paper and let tots use them as low balance beams. This allows them to utilize their gross motor skills and practice balancing.

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Toddlers and balance

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3.

At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk and just starting to use words. But by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot and speak in short sentences.

During these important years, toddlers will enjoy playing simple games with their parents and other caregivers. But they also can start enjoying group games with other young children, though they’ll need adult assistance.

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Learing life skills

Generally by 19 months, toddlers begin to wash and dry their hands and brush their teeth with supervision. Within the next few months, they will be able to dress themselves with help.

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19-24 milestones

At 19-24 months, toddlers can use a spoon, dress themselves with help and use partially understandable speech. They may begin to understand abstract concepts such as "sooner" and "later."

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