By age two, your toddler is able to rely not only on you but on other trusted adults in her life. Sometimes, she may even seem to prefer someone other than you. Don’t be offended: that’s normal development. She is busy figuring out where she fits in this world and what relationships are all about. You remain her constant, trusted and well-loved parent.
If you have questions about your child’s development, talk to his doctor or child care provider. You can also call NYS Growing Up Healthy to find your local Early Intervention Program. The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program which helps parents know if their child needs extra support and makes sure families get the help they need.
NYS Growing Up Healthy:
In order to develop normally, a child requires progressively more complex interaction with one or more adults who have an emotional relationship with the child. “Somebody’s got to be crazy about that kid. That’s number one. First, last, and always.” URIE BROFFENBRENNER, NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL ON THE DEVELOPING CHILD, 2004.