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NYS Parent Guide

24-36 Months: Growth and Development

You and Your Terrific Two-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 two-year-old:

  • What do you like best about your two-year-old?
  • What has surprised you about your toddler’s development?
  • What is harder about parenting a two-year-old compared to an infant?
  • What do you do as a parent to promote your toddler’s development?
  • When you have a concern or question about your toddler or your parenting, who or what do you rely on for information and guidance?
  • In what ways does understanding your own parenting style, strengths and practice (behaviors) influence how you support your toddler’s learning and development?
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Did you know

Understanding your child’s development and how that changes what you are doing as a parent is called developmental parenting: “the kind of parenting that values a child’s development, supports a child’s development, and changes along with a child’s development. It is warm, responsive, encouraging, and communicative.” ROGGMAN, BOYCE & INNOCENTI P.1. 2008