Describing Difficult or Painful Events

Many toddlers at this age begin to tell stories about themselves and their past.

Often, these stories revolve around circumstances that the toddler found emotionally difficult or painful in some way—ranging from minor incidents like the time she stubbed her toe to major ones, such as the death of a pet or a loved one.

Pay close attention to these stories and encourage your child to recount them. They often can help parents understand their children’s emotions, but they also help children process pain or grief and learn from your reactions to them.

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