10 social milestones to look out for in your toddler

Your child’s social development and interaction with others is important and integral to the development and growth of her emotional world. Look out for these 10 social milestones. By Lynne Gidish

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Your child’s social development and interaction with others is important and integral to the development and growth of her emotional world, explains Kim Lazarus, an educational psychologist at The Psychology and Wellness Centre in Johannesburg, www.pawc.co.za.

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It’s essential that your child is able to experience a broad range of emotions, she adds, so watch out for the following to ensure that she is reaching her social milestones:

  1. She’s able to understand and demonstrate the concepts of care, love and trust (try pointing out feelings when reading a book or watching TV)
  2. She shows increased affection and a willingness to give hugs freely
  3. She’s learning to share and cooperate with others and has come to accept the idea of taking turns
  4. She’s learning to be independent and take responsibility
  5. She’s increasingly interacting with other children rather than sticking to parallel play (playing alongside others)
  6. Although she may still indulge in parallel play, she may also form an attachment with one other child in particular
  7. She engages a lot in imaginary play and may have imaginary friends
  8. She’ll follow rules but will always wants to win
  9. She begins to engage in dramatic play (acting as animals and able to act out full scenes).

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