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The Real Developmental Milestones of a Toddler

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Wondering if your child is keeping up with her peers? This simple assessment test will help you determine if your toddler is hitting all the appropriate developmental milestones, including wrecking mayhem.

Gross Motor Skills

Does your child:
a. Pull self up to stand
b. Pull self up to stand using sibling’s hair

Does your child:
a. Squat to pick up a toy
b. Squat to pick up dog poop

Does your child:
a. Walk independently
b. Walk independently into the middle of the street

Does your child:
a. Climb onto and down from couch or chair unsupported
b. Climb onto and down from a bookcase unsupported

Fine Motor Skills

Does your child:
a. Pick up a Cheerio with thumb/index finger
b. Pick up a Cheerio with thumb/index finger and shove it up his nose

Does your child:
a. Scribble spontaneously
b. Scribble spontaneously on floor with permanent marker

Does your child:
a. Stack four or more blocks
b. Stack four or more blocks wherever you are most likely to trip on them

Does your child:
a. Put objects in a big container
b. Put objects in the toilet

Does your child
a. Turn over container to pour out contents
b. Turn over yogurt container to pour out contents on your bed

Does your child
a. Poke with index finger
b. Poke your eye with index finger

Language Development

Does your child:
a. Respond to no
b. Respond to no by screaming and throwing body on ground

Does your child:
a. Repeat sounds to get attention
b. Repeatedly pull your earlobe to get attention

Does your child:
a. Point to items she wants
b. Stand on a chair and screech uncontrollably for items she wants

Does your child:
a. Respond to simple verbal commands
b. Respond to simple verbal commands by pointedly ignoring them

Does your child:
a. Use one word, in addition to mama or dada
b. Use one swear word, in addition to mama or dada.

Problem Solving

Does your child:
a. Explore objects in many different ways
b. Explore breakable objects in many different ways

Does your child:
a. Start to use things correctly (e.g., drinks from a cup, brushes hair)
b. Start to use things correctly (e.g., drinks from your wineglass, turns on stove)

Does your child:
a. Hand you a book when he wants to hear a story
b. Throw a book at your shins when he wants to hear a story

Does your child:
a. Find hidden things easily
b. Find hidden feminine products easily

Personal/Social Skills

Does your child:
a. Test parental responses to his actions during feedings
b. Test parental will to live during feedings

Does your child:
a. Play with a doll or stuffed animal by hugging it
b. Play with the toilet plunger by hugging it

Does your child:
a. Extend arm or leg to help when getting dressed
b. Extend arm or leg to kick you when getting dressed

Does your child:
a. Imitate behavior of others, especially adults and older children
b. Imitate behavior of others, especially that one really bratty kid at daycare

 

Katie M. is a working mom who occasionally escapes reality by writing about real life. She has two girls who have successfully achieved each of these milestones. Multiple times.

Photo: Donnie Ray Jones

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