Emotional Roller Coasters

Does it seem as if your toddler is always “in a mood”? While often frustrating, it’s completely normal for your little one to be laughing one moment and crying the next. It’s part of his or her emotional development.


A child who works on understanding his feelings and empathizing with others now will have a strong emotional foundation for adulthood. You can help with this.

Try to stand nearby during a social interaction between your toddler and a peer or other family member. You can step in as a positive back-up if things get tense—talking about feelings (both your child’s and the other person’s), cuddling your child and offering distractions when needed.

All of this helps your child grow emotionally.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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