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5 Daily Practices for Your Toddler's Success

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

As a parent of a toddler, I know how fulfilling and challenging this phase of parenting can be.

Toddlers are little explorers, rapidly absorbing everything around them. To support their growth and development, there are five essential things parents should do every day.

These simple yet impactful activities will not only enhance your toddler's development but also strengthen the bond between you and your little one.

Play, Play, Play!

Play is a crucial component of a toddler's learning journey. Engaging in playtime with your child not only brings joy and laughter but also nurtures their cognitive, emotional, and social skills.

Encourage imaginative play with toys, role-playing, or even everyday objects. Get down on the floor with them and explore their world together.

I'm obsessed with how my toddler brings me a 6-scoop ice cream cone and hope you get to experience something similar. I have included a few of our favorite playtime toys below:

This unstructured playtime fosters creativity, problem-solving, and emotional expression, laying the foundation for their future development.

Read and Explore Books

Reading is a fantastic way to stimulate your toddler's language and cognitive development. Make it a habit to read books together every day. Choose age-appropriate books with colorful illustrations and engaging stories.

Look for stories that are interactive, ask your toddler questions, and express their thoughts.

One way to really stimulate their development is to take your toddler somewhere in the real world to experience what they read in the story. For example, my toddler loves the Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete story and I take him to the local children's museum where he can wear firefighter gear and drive a fire truck.

Happy and learning is the best combination for toddlers and parents!

As you read together, you'll be amazed at how quickly their vocabulary and comprehension skills grow.

Communicate with Patience and Empathy

Toddlers are exploring their emotions and learning to express themselves. As parents, it's essential to communicate with patience and empathy. That is the foundation of every relationship humans have, your toddler included.

When your child throws a tantrum or becomes frustrated, take a deep breath, and try to understand their feelings. Use simple language to validate their emotions and help them label what they're experiencing.

The worst thing you can do when your toddler is emotional is invalidate their perspectives or emotions. It is your job to help them figure out WHAT they are feeling. Not to tell them HOW to feel.

Encourage Self-Help and Independence

Toddlers love to do things on their own. Encourage their independence by involving them in daily tasks such as dressing themselves, tidying up toys, or helping with meal preparation.

One thing you can do is ask your toddler to pick between two options. For example, when it is bedtime I always ask my toddler if we should brush his teeth or put on pajamas first. This gives him the freedom of choice and eliminates the "yes/no" questions and demands that usually end with crying.

This has made a lot of my toddler's daily routine more pleasant for everyone and I highly recommend it.

While it may be tempting to do things for them, allowing your kids to accomplish tasks independently builds their confidence and self-esteem. Offer praise and encouragement as they master new skills, and be patient with their progress.

Spend Quality Time Outdoors

Fresh air and outdoor exploration are essential for your toddler's physical and emotional well-being. Whenever possible, take your little one outside to explore nature.

Whether it's a trip to the park, a nature walk, or simply playing in the backyard, outdoor activities offer endless opportunities for sensory experiences and gross motor development.

Spending time outdoors allows you both to unplug and connect with each other in the beauty of nature.

While outdoor time is fun, if you have to deal with mosquitos, my wife found these Mosquito Patch Stickers that I recommend. They are much easier to apply than bug spray and have worked just as well in our experience.

Daily Practices for Toddler = Consistent Growth

By incorporating these five simple daily practices for your toddler into your routine, you can create a nurturing environment for them to thrive.

At the same time, life is hectic and the weather is erratic. These activities should be used as often as possible, but there will be days when only 2 of 5 are used. That's still better than none!

Embrace playtime, read together, communicate with empathy, foster independence, and enjoy the wonders of the outdoors.

As you engage in these activities, cherish the moments and watch your little one blossom into a confident and curious individual. Remember, your love, patience and attention are the greatest gifts you can give your child at any stage of life.

Happy parenting!

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