Why Twos Aren't So Terrible

They're Becoming Individuals

The frustrating urge that makes toddlers insist on wearing their sandals in the snow is the very same one that inspires them to make and act upon their own decisions. "They're beginning to express preferences and have the verbal skills to demand what they want," says Jack L. Herman, Ph.D., a child psychologist at Pace University, in New York City. Twenty-six-month-old Jonathan Moeller, of Lexington, Massachusetts, for example, has a very discriminating palate. "We go through our illustrated cookbooks, and he helps pick our evening meal," says his mom, Rosemarie. "Soon enough, he may want to cook for himself!"

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the January 2000 issue of Parents magazine.

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