More than anything, parents want their children to be healthy and happy. The toddler years can be a challenge, as little ones often go through a roller coaster of emotions during this time. But there are some toddlers that seem to be intrinsically happy. Is this happiness a product of nature or nurture? Maybe it's both, but there are a few things every happy toddler does.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the "terrible twos" is a time when toddlers struggle between relying on their parents and wanting to be independent. They are going through major motor, intellectual, social, and emotional changes, and want to try things out on their own. How many times has your little one proclaimed, "No, I do it!" only to become frustrated and have a meltdown when they can't do alone whatever it is that they'd be attempting? It can be exasperating. But these shows of independence are a sign that your child is growing up.
As they get older, toddlers pick up skills both from watching their parents and through hands-on learning. These skills help give them confidence and a sense of independence which can, in turn, lead to happiness.
Here are some things that every happy toddler does.