Your Two-Year-Old

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Not the Terrible Twos...

But A Simply Terrific Year!

How do I respond when my two-year-old tells me "NO"? Can my son's frequent ear infections be affecting his speech? Should I work on my daughter's math skills now?

Two is that exciting age when your baby becomes a real little person with a will of his/her own! And this special year profoundly shapes your child's way of dealing with the world. Now you can ...

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Overview

Not the Terrible Twos...

But A Simply Terrific Year!

How do I respond when my two-year-old tells me "NO"? Can my son's frequent ear infections be affecting his speech? Should I work on my daughter's math skills now?

Two is that exciting age when your baby becomes a real little person with a will of his/her own! And this special year profoundly shapes your child's way of dealing with the world. Now you can become your two-year-old's best teacher. Advice from the trusted editors of Parents, America's #1 family magazine since 1926, helps you foster your child's new social and motor skills, budding independence, and thirst for knowledge. You will discover how to set safe limits, tame a tantrum, start potty training, and even take your child for a haircut without tears...as well as learn expert ways to encourage empathy and sharing.

Don't miss these features:

· Do Say/Don't Say (scripts of responses to various situations)

· Is There a Problem? (signs of possible developmental delays)

· Safety First (childproofing and parent alerts)

· How It Feels to Be Me (common scenarios explained from a child's perspective)

· Developmental milestones

· A two-year-old's moods and emotions

· Typical behaviors and fears

· Parenting tips for this stage of your child's growth

· Strategies, games, and activities that enhance development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312988715
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2003
  • Series: Parent's Picks Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Parents has been America's number one family magazine since 1926. Written and edited by leading experts in child development, health, and safety, Parents provides current, authoritative information and real-life advice to twelve million parents every month.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Let me go (hold me tight)! Your two-year-old's quest for independence 1
Developmental Milestone: A sense of ownership 7
Your two-year-old's favorite word 8
Conflict: Independence versus ability 9
You and Your Child: How your child's independence affects you 11
Helping Your Child Grow: Nurturing independence 15
Toys and activities to enhance your child's independence 20
Listen to me! Your two-year-old's communication skills 22
Developmental Milestone: Building language 23
Discovering the power of language 24
Conflict: Getting the word out 27
Language and learning 28
You and Your Child: Sharing communication 31
Patience pays off 33
The value of language in your relationship 36
Language timetables 37
Helping Your Child Grow: Aiding communication 38
Toys to enhance your child's language 42
Watch me learn! Your two-year-old's intellectual growth 44
Developmental Milestone: Play with a purpose 45
The role of physical development in learning 47
The use of routines 48
Why ask "why?" 51
Early math 52
How make-believe play helps learning 52
Conflict: The limits of understanding 54
You and Your Child: Keeping up with each other 56
The "natural" way to increase your child's knowledge 59
Helping Your Child Grow: Adding to your child's discoveries 60
My many moods: Your two-year-old's emotional development 65
Developmental Milestone: The beginning of empathy 67
Oh, those mood swings! 68
Anger and jealousy 71
Conflict: Handling emotions 74
You and Your Child: How your child's moods offect you 75
Helping Your Child Grow: Giving your child an emotional vocabulary 78
Cutting down on angry outbursts 80
Counteracting jealousy 82
Books about feelings 83
How I view the world: Your two-year-old's personality 85
Developmental Milestone: The emergence of personality 86
The easy child 87
The slow-to-warm-up child 88
The challenging child 90
The active child 91
Conflict: Pleasing you and still being herself 92
Setting up playdates for your two-year-old 94
You and Your Child: How your temperaments work together 98
You and your easy child 99
You and your slow-to-warm-up child 99
You and your challenging child 101
You and your active child 103
Helping Your Child Grow: Working with your child's personality 104
The easy child 104
The slow-to-warm-up child 105
The challenging child 106
The active child 109
Why I act the way I do: Your two-year-old's behavior 111
Developmental Milestone: Anticipating your reactions 112
Who's in charge? 113
Common misbehaviors 114
Dawdling and whining 115
Conflict: Being "good" but not knowing why 116
You and Your Child: Determining what's important 117
Handling your own anger 121
Helping Your Child Grow: Disciplining effectively 122
Establishing routines 123
Choosing your battles 125
Catching your child being good 127
Fostering patience and delaying gratification 127
Limiting misbehavior 128
Dealing with dawdling 129
Preventing whining 130
Ending bedtime battles 132
Taming tantrums 133
Curbing aggressive behavior 135
My fears and nightmares: What makes your two-year-old afraid 138
Developmental Milestone: Understanding and imagination 139
Where do fears come from? 140
The nature of nightmares 141
Conflict: Understanding fear 144
You and Your Child: Your feelings about your child's fears 147
Helping your child grow: Overcoming fears 149
For nightmares or bedtime fears 152
Making Halloween less scary 153
How I relate to people: How your two-year-old interacts with others 155
Developmental Milestone: Developing friendships 156
Other important relationships 157
Your child's relationship with you 160
Conflict: Social graces versus emotional needs 161
You and Your Child: Sharing your child 162
Helping Your Child Grow: Enhancing his relationships 165
Teaching your child to share 166
Helping your two-year-old bond with a new sibling 171
Building the connection with grandparents 173
My body, my self: Your two-year-old's body and gender awareness 177
Developmental Milestone: Noticing gender differences 178
The body as factory 179
Conflict: Choosing a gender identity 181
Gender confusion and gender roles 183
Haircuts without tears 183
You and Your Child: Handling your feelings about masturbation 184
Helping Your Child Grow: Laying the groundwork for sexual health 186
Answering your child's questions 188
Broadening your child's view of gender 190
It's potty timel: Your two-year-old and toilet-learning 194
Developmental Milestone: Your toddler's readiness for toilet-learning 194
Conflict: Which urge to give in to? 196
You and Your Child: Toilet-teaching without tears 198
Be prepared for setbacks 199
When to ease up 200
Helping Your Child Grow: Toilet-teaching strategies 203
If your older two-year-old is resistant 207
Respect your child's uniqueness 209
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