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Toddlers form strong emotional attachments and often feel uneasy when they are
separated from their loved ones. Around the same time, toddlers typically want
to do things on their own or according to their own wishes. This sets the stage
for conflict, confusion, and occasional breakdowns.
Toddlers typically develop two conflicting feelings: wanting both independence
and reassurance from their parents. Although their emotions change often,
toddlers' personalities and
temperament are becoming more defined.
Young children between 12 and 24 months of age experience many
emotions as they learn to explore their world. When parents respond to
emotional needs with a loving, consistent, and understanding attitude, their
children develop confidence and a sense of security.
Common emotional and social developmental issues for toddlers
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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