Between the ages of two to five years old there will be lots of changes as your child moves away from babyhood to being able to manage a lot more on their own. Your child may be spending a lot more of their time with other people, going to preschool and nursery. This is a big change for young children.
There are new skills to learn like potty training and speech and language. These new skills will be learnt through play. Enjoy this special time together – you are your child’s first teacher!
Once children begin to learn to talk they can express their feelings more easily and regulate their emotional responses.
Labelling children’s emotions and praising behaviour will help your child to begin to understand their feelings ie. “you are so brave to try something new”, “you are staying so calm even though you are finding the puzzle difficult, well done”.
You could also try copying the facial expressions they use; this helps them see you understand them.