Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
18-24 Months - How you can support your child
By doing these 8 things, you can help your child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively…
Physical Growth
Social/Emotional Development
Brain Development
  1. Ask Questions
    Ask Questions
    Ask your toddler about her ideas. Your toddler has lots of thoughts and feelings. You can encourage him to express them by asking him questions like: “What was your favorite thing we did today?”
  2. Listen
    Listen to your child’s fears. Your toddler will start spending more and more time using her imagination and may start to scare herself with ideas from her own imagination. You can help by listening to her fears and helping her sort out real and make believe.
  3. Walk
    Go on walks. Neighborhood walks help your toddler learn more about the world around him, while helping him get fresh air and exercise.
  4. Teach to Share
    Teach to Share
    Teach your child to share. Your child is still learning how to take turns and share toys. You can acknowledge a child’s feelings (“sharing is hard”) while still encouraging them to share.
  5. Teach "Break" Time
    Teach "Break" Time
    Help your child learn how to give herself a “time out.” Tantrums are still perfectly normal at this age. However, you can begin teaching your toddler to prevent tantrums but encouraging him to take a break when he starts to feel frustrated.
  6. Model Kindness
    Model Kindness
    Model kindness toward others. Toddlers learn by copying what their families say and do. The best way to raise a kind child is by modeling kindness at home.
  7. Label Feelings
    Label Feelings
    Label your and your child’s feelings. Later, your child will begin to learn to express his feelings using words (“I feel angry”) rather than through tantrums.
  8. Help with Problem Solving
    Help with Problem Solving
    Help your child learn to problem solve. By coaching your child through challenges--but not doing things for your child--you are teaching your child how to be a good problem solver.
By twenty-four months most children can... Use stairs. Kick/throw a ball. Draw line. Climb onto furniture. Build with blocks. Know people's names. Disobey. Get frustrated. Play pretend. Sort by shape/color. Remember songs/rhymes. Understand two-step requests. Use short sentences. Name pictures in book.

Remember: All babies are different, and every child develops at his or her own pace. However, you can talk to your child’s doctor if you are worried about your child’s development. Or call Connecticut Birth to Three ’s toll-free hotline to talk to someone about your concerns: 1-800-505-7000.
Additional Resources:
These free guides from the Center for Disease Control can help you talk to your child’s doctor about healthy growth and development.

Concerned About Development? How to Help Your Child
Concerned About Development? How to Talk with the Doctor
¿Le preocupa el desarrollo de su hijo? Cómo Ayudarlo
¿Está preocupado por el desarrollo? Cómo Hablar con el Médico
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Resources: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in Education. NEA Education Policy and Practice Department. Center for Great Public Schools. 2008. Milestones compiled and adapted from: Developmental Milestones: Learn the Signs. Act Early. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives Protecting People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 21 April 2015. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages: Your Child’s Development. ZERO TO THREE. National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 2008. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages. Healthy Children: Powered by Pediatricians. Trusted by Parents. 2016. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2016. Web. 3 Jan 2016.
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