Three Ways to Combat Developmental Delays in Your Toddler

The world can sometimes seem against you when you become a parent. You have debates raging on the interwebs, parenting groups coming up with new and interesting ways to be offended, and loved ones, or even acquaintances, voicing their two cents on how you should raise your kid. This gets worse when your toddler exhibits signs of a developmental delay—but trust that aside from severe environmental neglectfulness, like zero interaction with your babe, there’s nothing you did wrong to cause your child’s delays.

However, there are ways you can help your toddler strive to catch up with their milestones. For instance, investing in a couple days of child care Tampa Palms could be beneficial in helping your kiddo develop important social skills.

This article covers how to combat developmental delays in your toddler—all while saying no to parent guilt and mommy/daddy naysayers.

Amp Up Reading and Talking Out Loud, Even When it Seems Like Your Kiddo Isn’t Paying Attention

Children, whether they are looking at you and being attentive or not, are always listening to what you say. Kids are masters at eavesdropping and overhearing things. So, when it comes to a child that won’t sit down and pay attention to a book for more than a few seconds, you should read aloud anyways. You could even attempt to engage them in the stories by doing character voices.

Being Outside and Able to Explore Combats Depression and Anxiety in Young Children

Children are naturally curious. They want to explore and do things for themselves. Taking them outside, whether it be a fenced-in backyard or a nearby park or walking trails, is a great way to help them stabilize their moods and feelings. Young children that spend time outdoors, at least a half-hour per day, are less likely to deal with depression and anxiety as they get older. Plus, being outside regularly instills a sense of wonder and awe in nature.

Find Balance Between Interactive and Independent Playtimes

Some parents feel guilt over allowing their kids to play by themselves too much. While others feel guilt of never allowing their kids to have time to themselves. Stop it. Neither of those reasons are good reasons to have parent guilt. Independent play AND interactive play are good things for a growing toddler/kid. If they will sit and play with their toys for hours at a time, let them. Just be sure you balance it out with an hour or two of one-on-one parent-kiddo playtime.

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