My Toddler – Month 14
Your independent, little cruiser’s toddling abilities are coming right along, and soon you’ll find your child being able to push and pull large toys around. Also, at 14 months old, a growing vocabulary and the ability to follow a simple task are new milestones your toddler will achieve this month.
Loving his new-found ability to walk, your toddler is now constantly on the move, discovering more things he can do. Walking has given him the strength to drag his favorite toys around the house; and now that he’s a walker, don’t be surprised when he decides that pushing his stroller is more fun than riding in it!
Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. – Isabel Allende
Along with his new-found love of pushing and pulling things around, your toddler will find great interest in making messes. But, in the midst of the mess lies proof that he is developing just like he should.
You’ll see it when he pulls open a drawer and uses his little hands to take its objects out, throws things down the stairs, drags all of his blankets into a pile, or creates a racket by banging things together. He may also push your full laundry basket around the house, occasionally stopping to bend over and pick up a few treasures to add into it. These little things are all evidence of his blossoming fine and gross motor skills.
She’s 14 months old, eager to do things on her own and make her own decisions, whether it’s choosing which book she wants you to read, picking what she wants to eat for lunch, or washing her own little face. She is growing up so fast; but taking the time to support her need for a little independence will give her development a healthy confidence boost.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing. – Phyllis Diller
Though his vocabulary is small, he has the ability to convey his thoughts in just a few words, some sounds, and some hand gestures. This display of communication is rather impressive; it is evidence that he’s learning how to share his thoughts!
If you ask your toddler to pick up a penny and put it in his piggy bank, and then he does it, give him a high-five! Not only did he use his fine motor skills to pick up the coin and slip it into a tiny opening, but he completed a simple task, which is, cognitively speaking, an outstanding display of development!