Social Skills: 2 year old

Your 2-year old's world is still primarily "me" centered. But awareness of others thoughts and feelings is growing, and occasionally you will see glimmers of empathy and altruism.

Between 2 1/2 and 3 years old, you may see the beginnings of cooperative play. Instead of knocking down another child's block tower, he may try to help him build it higher. He may continue to fight with other children over toys in a play situation. But if encouraged to take turns, he may occasionally comply.

Although your toddler still sees himself as the center of the universe, he's much more interested now in imitating other people's mannerisms and activities. This pretend play will help him learn how to act in future social encounters.

His ability to play make-believe has evolved. He no longer needs a toy car to simulate driving. Now he can turn stationary objects such as chairs, pillows or boxes into sports cars, SUVs or mini-vans.

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