Emotional Development: Your Toddler at 19 to 24 Months


Emotional Development means the development of a full range of emotions from sad to happy to angry, and learning to deal with them appropriately. This helps build self-esteem and leads to such deeper qualities as sympathy, caring, resiliency, assertiveness and empathy and the ability to rise to life’s challenges.

Typical Skills

  • Beginning to develop a range of emotions; is subject to mood swings and tantrums; shows some aggressive tendencies, e.g., biting and hitting
  • Shows concern for others
  • Shows fears, but can be settled down
  • Is pulled between the need to show independence and still being dependent for certain things
  • Still cautious around unfamiliar adults i.e. allows self to be drawn into play with a new adult as long as a familiar person is nearby

Emerging Skills

  • Uses words such as “no” a lot
  • Shares a piece of food
  • Familiar with routines and the order of the day; is unhappy about any changes in routine and likes to do things the same way each day
  • Develops a sense of comfort or fear with different experiences and objects, e.g., fear of the dark

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