This is the phase where everything is a mess and no one is on time. Your eager, early toddler will constantly remind you with the phrase, “I can do It.” Allowing your toddler to do things themselves provides great learning opportunities but doesn’t fit well into a structured schedule. Build in some flexibility and give grace as your toddler learns autonomy.
The struggle for independence begins and tantrums vary in severity. In their quest for independence, they will make mistakes and will move slower than you want them to. Remember they aren’t just learning new skills; they’re developing the confidence they need to overcome obstacles.
The foundational milestone that begins to formulate in your 2-year-old will be their emotional intelligence. The ability to recognize, name, and express emotions in a healthy way are lifelong skills. Most grown-ups need development in emotional skills as well, so be honest with yourself if you need to do some work first.
Tie their emotions to God's truths.
Teach your child an emotional vocabulary. Emotional literacy/vocabulary is a prerequisite to regulation, practicing empathy, resourcefulness, and healthy interpersonal relationships.
Be a safe environment for your child’s big feelings. They need your help in learning to express their big feelings.
"What do I do with all these big feelings?"
Purchase the Mindful Emotions Toolkit.
Utilize these resources in your house (e.g. post the “my emotions” graphic on your fridge and refer to it throughout the day.)
Purchase the ToolKit
Parenting Your Two-Year-Old by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett
Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel
God Gave Me Feelings by Catherine MacKenzie
5 Ways to Teach Your Children that Emotions Are Important
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