Tantrums and tears
The toddler years are known for their tantrums, as small children experience strong emotions that they aren’t yet equipped to control, and feelings that they can’t fully communicate.
Helping your little one begin to recognise and name their feelings is a great step in their emotional development - for example, you could talk about the expressions they see on their favourite characters’ faces when they’re watching CBeebies, and discuss how that character might be feeling.
Reading stories to your child is another great way to help them understand feelings and develop empathy later on.
Your toddler and other children
At this age, children play mostly on their own, and will tend to relate more to adults than other children. They love to copy adults, and will try to do the things you do.
When you see your toddler standing staring at other children, they’re really busy absorbing the world around them and trying to figure out how other children (and grown-ups) act with others. It might look as though they’re not too interested in other people, but they are storing away all sorts of ideas for how to engage with others.
Watching other children, playing alongside them, and watching them on CBeebies can all help your little one build up a template of how to behave towards others.