When your 2 year old child’s room is messy, do you tell the child to go clean their room or do you start by asking them to pick up certain items, such as blocks, and help them get started? A caregiver needs to be sure the child has the ability to succeed at the task. A good start would be to help the child organize their toys in a bin with different compartments. It can be a game and an enjoyable bonding experience. The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) suggests that a caregiver needs to consider a child’s level of understanding when interacting with the child and they need to build on the knowledge and level the child is currently at. When you get down on the floor and play with your child and see them struggling with something, such as building or placing shapes in the right hole, it is important to guide them to success. Talking to your child about all the simple events that happen throughout the day will help them develop in many areas. It is also important to encourage their involvement in your daily activities, even if it takes twice as long to accomplish the task at hand. In the end, it will be beneficial to everyone involved.
To help toddlers gain self-control and teach them to conform to rules, a caregiver should be considerate of the child's needs. If your child is busily playing and you plan to leave in 5 minutes, let the child know they have 5 minutes. Simply thinking about things from your child’s perspective and on their level will help your day flow more rhythmically. Angela Johnson