WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD: FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Your child is developing a distinct personality. The days of reading her mind or interpreting her cries are drawing to a close. She'll begin pointing to objects she wants and will be able to take your hand to lead you where she'd like to go. This is an amazing time in your child's development. You'll quickly learn what she likes and doesn't like, where she'd like to go and where she'd rather not visit. Enjoy watching her every move.
2. Your child can now understand simple rules. For months you've lived on your baby's schedule. Now that he has grown into an energetic toddler, he can understand simple rules. He's old enough now to learn, 'after lunch, it's naptime' and 'only two TV programmes before dinner'. It may be difficult to say no to such an adorable face, but remember that children, despite their protests, crave limits. Set reasonable boundaries and help your child start living within them. Make sure you can live with them, too, since the most important part of setting limits is sticking to them.
3. Your child is learning how to run and climb. A few months ago you thought it would never happen. You were convinced that you would always have to carry your little one wherever you wanted to go. Now, seemingly overnight, she wants to run on her own. She's also capable of climbing on, over and off every flat surface in the house. Climbing allows her to further develop basic motor skills while providing her with a new view of everything in the house. Watch out! Be sure to supervise her carefully and provide safe areas where she can climb.
4. Your child is becoming a budding artist. Have you noticed your little one trying to take every pen, pencil and marker out of your hand? Scribbling is sure to quickly become a favourite pastime. Gather lots of paper and non-toxic crayons, and watch the little artist at work. Set up a special gallery where he can show off his creations. (The fridge works well for this purpose.)