By Kathleen Ganster
Every toddler needs to explore and declare his independence, but it can cause some nervous moments for parents.
Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., professor at Point Park University, clinician, and book editor of the Childhood In America Book series (Praeger Press) gave Childwise some useful advice for parents of toddlers.
The key, she said, it to understand the developmental stage of your child.
“Toddlers are discovering selfhood. They are learning that they have their own thoughts and that these thoughts could be different from their parents,” she said.
Allowing them to explore this selfhood and their new found autonomy while being safe is the challenge.
“If you allow them to exercise age-appropriate autonomy, it can make it less tempting for them to do it in a frustrating manner,” said Olfman.