Today I picked my niece up from her daycare and watched the children interact with each other. While I waited for her to finish up what she was doing and collect all her belongings, I kept some mental notes of what I had seen, in particular, one little boy who seemed to stand out from the rest. I looked on the internet the normal behavior for a two year old little boy and here are some conclusions that I came up with.
Most of the time this child usually had something in his hand. In his case, it was either a set of keys or his blanket. He would shake the keys and act like he is opening the doors or the low lying cabinets. I understand that this is normal for a child his age to have an attachment to something for a feeling of security or comfort. The blanket sounds cliché and would be expected but the keys are something I didn’t expect.
He did have his favorite word he likes to use also. He is good in the sense that he never said “No”; his favorite word was “Why?” Why this and why that. I understand this is normal though. Children his age do like to ask questions. In his case I didn’t believe he was curious all the time, it seemed he used it as a stall tactic to have more time doing what it was he is currently doing. He seldom stopped when he asks “why?” he just continued on doing whatever it was he was into.
His speech seemed accelerated for his age in the fact that he was able to complete full sentences clearly and correctly. I read that most children his age are able to put sentences together but not as often and as accurate as this little boy was doing. It was not all sentences that he spoke but it was enough that myself and one of the mothers in the room noticed him doing it.
He also seemed to be very agile for his age. I read that two year olds do life to run but this young man was very fast and did it with such ease. He was able to jump really high also which is something I found is not very normal. He would get a running start, plant his foot and spring up as if he were a basketball player going up for a rebound.
Everything else about this child, like him loving to color, dance around and play with other children, seemed to be pretty normal. As I pick my niece up more in the future, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on him and see how he is progressing. It’s always exciting to watch young children grow up to people they will become.