Have you been trying to keep up with your toddler? It just isn’t possible. You simply don’t have that kind of energy anymore – hardly for a second. It can be a little frustrating sometimes that they never sit still – that they’re all over the place all the time. At this age, kids are always on the go. When your toddler moves around, their coordination improves. This also makes it easier for your child to absorb new words, thoughts and feelings. If you mention airplanes, maybe your child will stretch out their arms like wings and start circling around. When you can feel words and situations in your body, it makes them easier to understand. So it’s important that your child is always on the move – even if it can occasionally be trying on your patience.
Try asking a three-year-old whether honesty is the best policy. You’ll often get an honest answer in response: no. Your child has yet to experience the benefits of speaking the truth. That’s why it isn’t unusual for them to tell little white lies, like: it wasn’t me! Or to invent stories, like: I got it from a princess. Why they lie is clear: to avoid consequences. A three-year-old isn’t concerned with the fact that it isn’t nice to lie, or that no one can trust what they say if they do. Here are two tips from other parents: don’t make it too easy to lie – and make it easy to tell the truth.