Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Izabela has just blown out the candles on her birthday cake.  She is two-years-old------ and now the fun really begins!
Two-year-olds are interesting people. For example, two-year-olds are easily irrigated by one another, yet they tend to travel around their classrooms in swarms. This seems like a contradiction to me. Two-year-olds are contradictions in other ways too. The Human Development Theorist, Erikson, tells us that at about the age of two, children begin to understand that they are separate individuals from their parents, and this is observed by a sudden demonstration of willfulness that seems to emerge around the time a child turns two. And of course there is also the age-old, two-year-olds mantra stated in one simple word: “NO!” . The contradiction is that these little guys are also tremendously physically and emotionally dependent upon the adults in their life. If that weren’t enough, the hemisphere that controls intense and negative emotions grows faster during the first three years of life. Wow!

With so many contradictions, it must be challenging, not only to live with a two-year-old, but also to BE a two-year-old.

Regardless, we simply could not be any happier to be experiencing life with the marvelous, emotional, utterly charming, willful, loving and very, very funny two-year-old, Izabella.

Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusion

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