Technology Tuesday: Technology for Toddlers

It’s hard to know how much technology toddlers can handle!  The American Academy of Pediatricians has recommended none for children under the age of two and that media exposure be limited for all children.  Statistics, however, say that we’re allowing toddlers much more access.

How much should you offer in your own home?  How can you maximize learning opportunities and minimize the negative effects that over-exposure to screens can create for toddlers?

Here is a great article with all of this and more to help guide you with your toddlers (and children) and technology. READ MORE

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Q&A Thursday: What is normal behavior for a toddler?

Toddlerhood is known to be a time of discovery and exploration.  We get a front seat to fascinating physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth.  While this season of development involves discovery and wonder, it can be full of challenges and hurdles.  Let’s look at a few developmental norms for this season in our kids’ lives.  

1  Toddlers are literal.  “Don’t kid me, Mom, I know they’re my feet.”  - a 3-year-old boy in response to his mother telling him his shoes were on the wrong feet.  In terms of their cognitive development, the world is very black and white.  They won’t have an ability to see the “grays” of life until way down the road.  They need our responses to them to be concrete and literal.  

2.  Toddlers are strong-willed.  There are some benefits to being strong-willed.  Having a strong temperament and being stubborn can actually help children in terms of maintaining focus, problem-solving, attacking difficult tasks, having courage in the face of challenges, create opportunities for leadership, and standing up to difficult peers.  READ MORE

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