The Delta Health Alliance

Later Child Development by Karen Matthews

Posted on: May 23, 2012

For our next series of blogs, we are moving to babies in their third year of life, 24 to 36 months. Before your toddlers third birthday, his or her brain growth shifts into another phase, as the brain areas in charge of more complex thinking and decision making grow more rapidly. At this age, your child is beginning to use memory and experience areas of the brain to make sense of the present. Your toddler begins to develop an understanding of the relationship between cause and effect and right and wrong. To learn this, your child will do things to determine their effect and will attempt to solve problems (or perhaps create a problem to solve). The key to your child’s development at this point is you and your reaction. Praise your child for solving problems; set an appropriate example by expressing yourself with calm words. Encourage self confidence by praising your child for helping with small tasks. At the same time, give them more time to complete small tasks, and be ready to redirect her when they become frustrated. At this stage, you can have as much influence on the development of your child’s brain as mother nature.


Karen Matthews