Toddler Milestone 10

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Toddler Milestone 10[edit]

Please see Toddler Milestone 10 at the main Observant Mom website for the very latest about this milestone. Below was recent as of July 18, 2020

Toddler Milestone 10 – Mental Connections, Imaginative Creations and Solutions
Starts: 2 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks
Most Intense: A week shy of 2 years, 9 months until 2 years, 9 months, getting progressively worse in that time, then starts to dissipate
Ends: 2 years, 9 months, 2 weeks
Irritable Period Summary
• Stalls at bedtime, majorly. Maybe be up until midnight working on their new skills
• Bossy about how routines are executed, e.g., agrees to do something but insist on doing something else first
• Cries easily
• Possessive of primary caregiver
• Demands primary caregiver be near them often, wants to sit on you often, nestles in really close to you, follows you everywhere, demands your attention by grabbing you often
• Blocks people from moving
• All of a sudden demands new foods or drink
• Becomes drooly for a day or two
• More prone to illness
Most Intense Period
• Cries, won’t stop an activity without an epic meltdown, may thrash around when you stop them from doing something (say taking their sibling’s dinner), drools, highly possessive of primary caregiver, blocks caregiver from moving, may fall asleep unusually early or on you at early hours
New Abilities Summary
• Marked by having much more information in their mind more persistently. They notice patterns in ideas, mentally, hold on to new ideas for a decent amount of time, and come up with NEW solutions to problems or invent new imaginative stories
• Very aware of themselves. They know they are being a bit cheeky or even a bit of a pain and they sort of laugh about it as they go about constantly begging you for your attention
• Can notice a pattern between things even if they aren’t immediately in their sight, e.g., while looking at a tomato says it looks like an apple or while looking at the color yellow says it looks like a lemon
• Starts some simple patterning such as lining up objects by color in the pattern green, yellow, blue. May commit to doing this all day, with patterns getting longer and more complex day after day
• Can remember new information for a longer amount of time. Something interesting happened in the morning, say they saw a big boat, and they will tell someone about it in the afternoon. Note: You likely can’t tell them to do something for a future event that is several hours away; it’s still only if they spontaneously want to
• Follows and commits to verbal instructions better, e.g., “The safe spot is the side walk. Please stand there” and they actually stay there without forgetting they shouldn’t or follows instructions in a class better. Said another way: they follow short-term instructions longer
• Impressive increase in imagination, may make up a story about something totally new such as someone at the door “is a monster”
• Make up their own solutions to problems. Say they want to balance a block and they can’t, so they put together many blocks on the bottom to build a platform. They might take note about how they are “thinking” about the problem, as they sit, immersed in the problem
• Clever in figuring out how to get their own way, e.g., if they get to use a phone after a bath, they ask to take a bath often
• Negotiate with you on their behalf, e.g., “No the bacon only takes one minute to cook!”
• On occasion, more accepting about doing something based on the logic of something. For instance, they are agreeable to getting their diaper changed because you point out that you don’t want them to be dirty
• Sensitive to what you think of them: is the thing they just created good?
• Demonstrate that they do not want to hurt someone else, possibly by verbally stating they don’t want someone else to be hurt. They likely don’t ACT on behalf of not hurting people yet—this comes later—but they may recognize the hurt of others and they don’t want to inflict it
• Ask “Why?” often

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