Toddlers Don’t Understand the Concept of Sharing
Toddlers learn from active play, and we can encourage their development with new games and activities. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, a quick Internet search will turn up a thousand new ideas!
Arrange play dates with moms you enjoy being around. Children this age often “parallel play,” meaning that they play side-by-side without interacting too much – but it’s still good for social development. Possibly more importantly, it’s good for YOU to have conversation with another adult! Don’t force sharing, though. Your toddler can’t yet grasp the concept, so if she gets into a conflict it is best to distract her with another fun toy.
Be silly. Play chase, throw a ball and have your child retrieve it, or crank up fun music and have a dance party. Toddlers love sock puppets (just a plain sock over your hand will do the trick – no need to dress it up with button eyes, etc. unless you WANT to), blocks, and things that make lots of noise. By far his favorite plaything is you, though – so making funny faces, copying each other’s movements or playing Pat-A-Cake will always top the list of his favorite things to do.
The bathtub is a great place to keep your toddler occupied for stretches of time. Bubbles, bath paint, or interesting, water proof toys will keep your child happy, entertained, and contained in one area! Never, ever leave your child unattended in the bath.
Scary Mommy Tip: Assign your toddler one cupboard or drawer in the kitchen that he knows is his to dig around in. You can throw new items in there every so often for him to find!