It is quite normal and can be a positive period in a child's life when they can develop confidence in their own abilities. Creativity and patience will be required on the part of the parents in order to navigate this phase and all the ones that follow (because rest assured they will go through many more phases).
Your toddler is beginning to see herself as a separate and independent little person. She feels the need to turn away from you and explore the world, but is still afraid to stray too far. She is working on mastering a number of skills including gross motor movements (walking, running, climbing), fine motor movements (grasping small objects with hands), speech and socialization. All of the new skills she is learning and the expectations placed on the toddler to reach her milestones can lead to some frustration and conflict between parent and child. These frustrations and conflicts are normal and expected.
This is an opportunity for parents to take play seriously. Believe it or not, playing with your child on a regular basis can help strengthen your bond with one another. It can also increase positive feelings in both of you, thus helping to ease some of those developmentally normal conflicts. Playing is the best way for your child to practice her new-found skills; walking, grasping, talking and sharing.
Play can also help you to circumvent the troublesome "no" word and turn your toddler's frustration and resistance into contentment and cooperation. Here are some tips for playing with your child:
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