Your child begins to pronounce some words, probably “mom” and “daddy”. Many of your child’s attempts should be simple, for example “live” instead of “ball”. The new sounds make others help your child on the tracks, which teaches him or her to talk.
Before your child becomes skilled at naming things, he or she will point to them. It is a process that psychologists call “mutual and shared attention”. Your child will start to hit items he or she wants and then switch to pointing to interesting items just to share them with you. Your child will grimace to make you laugh and dance and pose to keep your attention. Nobody understands the meaning of your child’s gestures and behaviors better than you so he or she learns to use all his body to get the desired response. Your child is irresistible.
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Many children like being in the company of children of their own age, siblings, relatives and neighbors. Do not expect too much interaction. Your child may like to look at other children and maybe even imitate them, but to actually play together will come later. (A comment about imitation: Children love repeating behaviors that make you laugh. But watch out for what you’re laughing at – maybe it’s not something you want your child to repeat!) You can not expect your child to share this age Instead, try concentrating on teaching older children how to change toys back and forth with your child.
It’s not too early to start looking for signs of empathy with your child: cry when other children cry, pat someone who is sad or try to help someone who has been hurt. Even if your child does not really understand how the sad or injured person is, he or she learns to identify and respond to emotions.