Emotional Development: Your Toddler at 31 to 36 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

  • Objects to major changes in routines
  • Recognizes and responds to other children’s feelings
  • Becomes more comfortable with new people
  • Wants independence but may fear new experiences
  • Desires approval and needs praise

Emerging Skills

  • Explains feelings when asked about them
  • Is more able to understand the feelings of other children, and talk about them
  • Gets excited about activities she may have done, e.g., baking cookies
  • May stamp feet when frustrated
  • May request certain stories to help resolve fears, e.g., of monsters

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