Your 21-month-old: Week 2

Your 21-month-old: Week 2

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Lessons in sharing

Sharing isn't one of your child's strong suits. Don't expect her to master this social grace until later. Right now your toddler is just learning about ownership: "Mine!" She isn't inclined to hand over her possessions, partly because she doesn't have a good understanding of time (when will I get it back?) or reciprocity (you do something for me, I'll do something for you).

Praise your child when you see her offering a toy to a friend or a baby. Model sharing, and use words that help your child understand what it means. For example, try asking if you can play with something she's playing with. If she protests, don't force it. Just say, "Can I have a turn?" With this back and forth, your toddler will start to get an idea of what sharing means.

Don't insist on sharing or set up turn-taking during playdates. Nor is it a good idea to hand over your child's toys to a visitor. Put out toys with lots of pieces (like blocks), and let the kids work out who uses what as much as possible.

If I'm folding a basket of laundry, I'll hand my son some napkins or dishtowels and ask him to 'help' me fold them. He may not actually fold anything, but by the time he's finished, I've actually gotten through the basket!

- Mollie

Correcting without criticizing

Criticize behavior when you must, but avoid criticizing your child. Pointing fingers does little to teach proper behavior.

Try phrasing statements to make clear which behaviors you like and which you don't: "I don't like that screechy noise you're making. Please use a quiet inside voice, like this." "I don't like it when you unroll the whole roll of toilet paper." "I like it when you come right away when I call you."

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