Saying I and Sense of Self

Between ages 2 and 3, you might notice your child begin to use the word “I” when talking about himself.

This is a big leap for a toddler; it allows him to describe himself and the world around him with greater clarity.


Many toddlers will also begin to label themselves or give themselves descriptors—“big girl,” “helper” and others—and begin to label the things that they want as “mine!”

You can encourage your child to self-describe, and gently remind her when the things she wants might belong to someone else.

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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