Emotional Development: Your Toddler at 25 to 30 Months

Emotional Development means the development of a full range of emotions from sad to happy to angry, and learning to deal with them appropriately. This helps build self-esteem and leads to such deeper qualities as sympathy, caring, resiliency, assertiveness and empathy and the ability to rise to life’s challenges.

Typical Skills

  • Moves back and forth between wanting independence and needing security of parents
  • Can still be attached to a cuddly or favourite toy
  • Demands his own way much of the time
  • Needs an ordered, predictable routine (e.g., when saying good-bye to parent in the morning)
  • Expresses feelings through language and pretend play (e.g., roaring like an angry lion)

Emerging Skills

  • Separates more easily from parents
  • Responds to other children’s feelings and begins to show empathy
  • May develop sudden fears
  • Displays frustration and tantrums if he is not understood
  • Becomes less upset by limits and discipline

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