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Looking up to big sis: is it normal that my child admires so much?

It’s perfectly normal for toddlers who are nearing their second birthday to suddenly become absolutely fascinated by what older children are doing. Social development is very important for your toddler, and looking up to bigger kids is one of the signs that your child is progressing properly. You may notice your child trying to join in on older children’s games, or following an older sibling around.

Your child may be trying to gain the favour of other children by offering them their snacks or toys, and it’s around this age that your toddler begins actively trying to engage with other children.

A good idea is to stock up on toys, to minimise arguments over who’s toys are who’s. If your child loves cars or dolls, make sure there are more than one, so that everyone has one to play with.

Another good idea is to schedule play dates with other children for times when your toddler is well rested, and not hungry. Being tired or hungry will make most toddlers a little disagreeable, and that’s not fun for anyone!

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As long as your toddler has plenty of space and time to play, and practice all their new physical skills, they’re probably doing just fine with her development!
Toddlers are naturally curious about everything. Instead of stifling that curiosity, you should be making every effort to promote it!
Your child’s imagination is not only a source of fun – it’s one of his or her most important early learning tools.
Young children are emotional beings. The worst thing you can do is make them stifle those emotions. Teach them how to cope with them instead, and you’ll raise a well-adjusted child.
If you want your child to grow up with a strong spiritual foundation, it’s never too young to start teaching, but remember to teach by example.
For toddlers, as with older children and adults, happiness comes from inside, not from outside.



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