From Parent Cue:
ONE QUESTION YOUR TODDLER IS ASKING
This is an excerpt from the phase guide: Parenting Your New Baby by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
Parenting is hard. Just when you think you understand your baby, everything changes. And then you have to get re-acquainted with them and figure out a new way to parent. It might be helpful to know that every child at every phase is asking a unique and fundamental question. How you answer that question for your child will communicate the one thing they need most: LOVE.
Your toddler’s changing ability is a crisis—for you, and for them. This is a season filled with uncertainty, imperfection, and even failure as they struggle to keep up with all their newly developing skills. Your two-year-old is asking one major question:
“AM I ABLE?”
As the parent of a toddler who may scream more than you imagined, sleep less than you had hoped, or make more messes than you thought possible, you may feel overwhelmed at times. But remember this—In order to give your toddler the love they need, you really only need to do one thing:
EMBRACE their physical needs.
When you embrace your toddler’s physical needs, you . . .
communicate that they are safe,
establish that the world can be trusted,
and demonstrate that they are worth loving.
You are probably doing more than you realize to show your toddler how much you love them.
What are the ways you already show up consistently to meet their physical needs?