Most people call it “the terrible two’s” but I think it should be called “the teachable two’s”. This is the age that learning is at it’s pinnacle and when modeling can become habit if you take the time to teach your tots.
Potty training of course is a huge milestone that most two year old’s achieve but what about the development of good habits such as making the bed, cleaning up after meals, picking up toys when they’re done playing, or the biggest of them all, manners? I say why not get a head start.
Once my tiny tots began to talk, my husband and I began teaching them to say “please” when making requests and “thank you” once the request was fulfilled. This soon became habitual requiring very like effort on our part. Now that their vocabulary has expanded, we’re teaching them proper grammer while speaking such as saying “she hit me” instead of “her hit me.” Correction now leads to instinct later.
My tiny tots, especially my daughter, took interest in assisting me with household chores. They watched me vacuum, sweep, mop and wipe down causing them to reciprocate the same behavior. When crumbs are on the floor, they ask if they can help me vacuum. I let them because in a few years chores won’t be a foreign concept but one that they have already become familiarized.
Getting dressed is a huge part of their independence, one that requires patience from you. By 2 my daughter could put on her own clothes because she desired to be independent, my son on the other hand could do the same but it required more patience on my part to help him learn. Dressing is important especially when potty training. They should be accustomed to pulling on and off their pants or it will just make potty training all the harder.
Teaching begins in the house hold NOT at school. By 1, my dynamic duo could not only site their alphabet but also could name their body parts. Their grandmother, who has been a child care provider for 25 years, also assisted in helping them with their shapes and colors. You’d be surprised how simply saying “May you hand me the black square pillow please?” can subconsciously teach them manners, shapes and colors without much effort.
Your tiny tots are sponges and can learn almost anything effortlessly. This even mean they can pick up on bad habits of yours being their primary role model. They are a reflection of how you act and soeak. If you use profanity often, don’t be surprised if they pick it up and use a few choice words, correctly might I add.
Learning is fundamental so make it fun and you’ll see them blossom into marvelous little beings.