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NYS Parent Guide

12-24 Months: Growth and Development

You and Your Wonderful One-Year-Old

Knowledge of parenting and child development

Protective Factor: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

It doesn’t take long to figure out that your parenting changes as your child grows. When you think about what you did as a parent of a newborn, think about how different it was from what you did with your one-year-old; and what you are doing today with your toddler.

When you understand your child’s developmental stage and provide the right kinds of support and nurturing, you are building a stronger family—and child. There are many sources of information about child development and parenting—check with your local librarian!

Here are some questions to ask about your toddler:

  • Thinking about your toddler, what have you learned about child development that helped you as a parent?
  • Thinking about your own parenting, what are the things you do very well as you parent your toddler?
  • What might you want to work on to make it easier for you and better for your child?
  • How does your understanding of your toddler’s development helps you to provide the right kind of guidance for your toddler?
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Just a word of encouragement:

This is a challenging phase of development, but it will not last forever. Remember, your job is to patiently, consistently and lovingly help your toddler grow through it!