Match activities to development and set rules with reasons
Parents of capable toddlers:
Encourage their children to help with household chores.
Have regular family routines (like mealtimes).
Allow their children to do some messy things, such as washing dishes.
Choose programs carefully, then limit and supervise their children’s television viewing.
Observe their children closely to keep them safe —and to fit activities to their child’s developing skills.
Read to their children daily.
Have firm, consistent rules and give children reasons for these rules.
Teach their children and actively help them learn.
Play with their children frequently —including pretend play.