Developmental milestones for Two year Olds : Social Development

Developmental milestones for Two year Olds

It's almost time for two! Don't worry — with all the amazing developmental milestones your child is meeting, age two is much more terrific than terrible.

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Break out those party hats and bake up some cupcakes — it’s party time! As your child approaches his second birthday, think about all the milestones he’s met this year, from walking to toddling to running like the wind (plus subtler new skills like pointing and pretending). Pretty amazing, right? Just wait — in the coming year there’ll be plenty more developmental achievements to make a mama’s heart burst with pride.

Physically, your child will grow by leaps and bounds, learning to jump up, throw a ball, and balance on one foot (well, for a second or two). He’ll also take on some self-care tasks like dressing (and undressing), brushing his hair and teeth, and (ideally) using the toilet. (He gains height and weight at about the same pace he did in the past year — that is, not nearly as rapidly as he did as a baby, which is good news for your grocery bill!) You’ll see a difference in those fine-motor skills too, as he learns to wield cutlery and crayons with much more control.

Intellectually, the brain building continues as he begins to grasp concepts such as later/sooner, same/different, and more/less. His imagination blossoms, as he moves from assigning objects new uses (a box becoming a car, for example) and begins to create more complex storylines as he plays (perhaps even conjuring up an imaginary pal). He remembers more and more of the people and places he encounters and the events he experiences (and can even tell you about them later). Some toddlers get interested in letters and numbers (but there’s no need to push it if yours isn’t one of them).

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My two cents

by gelg

As a parent, I've been surprised by how much age matters in elementary/middle school.
I've noticed that the socially outstanding kids (which doesn't always mean popular -- I mean kids who are comfortable with themselves) tend to be the oldest kids in the class. I would not have thought 6 or 8 months makes a difference, but it seems to. In elementary school, six months translates to very real developmental milestones, so older kids have an advantage.
I did not allow my kids to skip grades. One kid was in precisely your situation. Her kindergarten wanted to move her up at least one year and possibly two

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