I was asked recently, what do you do if your 20 month old hurts a baby for no apparent reason?
Let’s look at what’s happening developmentally around this age…
Language – By about 2 years of age, they can put two words together, have a vocabulary of around 50 words, and speak clearly half of the time.
Intellectually – a two year old uses ‘trial and error’ to attempt things; knows how to utilise objects eg how to use a chair to climb higher; and likes to pull things apart and try to put them together.
Motor Skills – they can climb on things, kick a ball forward and carry a large object while walking.
Social-Emotional development – This is critical to know about, to understand why a child sometimes responds poorly. They have learnt to say ‘no’ to show independence, make choices, and show a wide variety of emotions eg jealousy, sympathy, fear and anger, and that can change suddenly.
So, back to the situation… Read more