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We've given you some tips for handling the terrible twos (and as we've noted this phase can start before or after a child's second birthday) and we want to remind parents that being two is not all bad.

Yes, this is the time when a child starts to show more independent behavior and this growth also relates to the types of activities a child can handle. Children at this age can do more than ever before and parents can channel some of the energy into educational activities.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Read to and with your child every day: The reading to is you reading while your child listens. The reading with can involve letting your child use the pictures in a book to repeat the story you've just read or tell you a different story.
  • If your child mispronounces a word or uses a "baby" word ("wa-wa"), instead of saying "no," gently re-direct them ("Yes, that is water.")
  • If you tell a child not to do something, offer an alternative by demonstrating what he or she should do
  • Help foster a sense of independence in your child by letting him or her do part of the work when it's time to get dressed or eat
  • Play with age-appropriate games and puzzles
  • Ask your child to tell you the names of common objects
  • Make it possible for your child to explore and create safely: Put together a bin of old clothes for them to play with. Take your child on outings where they can roam within your eight

Horizon Education Centers offer a safe, nurturing environment that your toddler needs and deserves. Toddlers, ages 18 months through 36 months, participate in numerous social and educational activities that focus on learning and development, including peer interaction, number sense, arts and crafts, and large motor activities - both indoors and outdoors.