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The other day, I shared about 6 Things My Barely 2 Year Old Does That BLOW Me Away. I knew I was forgetting things on the list. So, today I have 2 more things to add!
7. Reasoning Skills: We’ve all heard it- “don’t try and reason with a 2 year old”. I now fully disagree with that statement! Our daughter has reasoning skills and understands what we are saying to her. There are moments where she is not patient enough, or is too emotional to deal with trying to reason, but the majority of the time she is very capable of doing this. We can explain to her that the fork she wants is dirty right now, but that she’ll be able to use it later. We can tell her that it’s raining right now, so we can’t go outside on a walk, but that if it stops raining, we can certainly go. We can tell her that she can go in the pool after she takes her nap for the day. We can also say “If you do X, then we can do Y”. She nods and says ok. She gets it. She may not like it, but she understands and typically accepts it. And she remembers! Which brings me to…..
8. Memory: If we tell Caroline that she can do something after her nap, she wakes up from her nap and immediately reminds us of what it is that we said she could do! It is amazing! She also remembers lots of little details. As an example, today I was taking my vitamins. I was out of one of the pills, so I had 2 pills instead of 3. Caroline immediately noticed and said “Oh no! Two pills. Not three.”. She notices everything! I read a new book to her (The Adventures of Adam the Atom- amazing book), and after reading it ONCE with me, she was able to say the names of the characters, and point things out in the correct pictures as we looked at the book a second time (saying things like electron and molecule). Her baby play mat was out of the closet the other day. Not only was she excited to play with it, she told us she remembered playing with it when she was little- and honestly, by the way she was playing with it and talking to the butterflies/toucan/etc. I seriously believe that she really does remember it. When we are out, she remembers where certain drains are, or where the bathrooms are, etc. I can ask her questions about things she hasn’t seen in awhile, and she can tell me about it. She has books memorized that she hasn’t seen in quite a long time. She knows the names of every single stuffed animal friend that she owns (and she has a ton)! I could go on. Her memory makes me envious!!!
Don’t forget to check out the first 6 things in this post: 6 Things My Barely 2 Year Old Does That BLOW Me Away. And I’d still love to hear from you in the comments on all of the amazing things your two year old does!
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