Last Month's Wow:
Playing Pretend + Solo Play
Baby is ready for a deeper level of play full of adventures that opens up a whole imagination landscape.
The Wow of Now:
The First Hints of Tantrums
Baby has strong feelings and limited ways to express them. This discrepancy between what baby understands or experiences vs limited vocabulary to make their feelings known is a recipe for tantrums.
The Wow Ahead:
Memory and Storytelling
A growing vocabulary opens up opportunities to deepen understanding. The survival brain expands to include past and future events, while improving memory solidifies a sense of identity and promotes a sense of future possibilities and adventure.
As baby enters this new toddler-tantrum stage, it’s time to teach them what “recovery” feels like. That’s a big victory that strengthens communication between “survivor brain” and rational brain,” leading to better emotional regulation in later years.
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