The happiness on your child’s face can bring a smile to everyone around her.
At one year old, her joy is contagious. It’s not always there, no, but you probably get to see it at least a little bit each day. It could come from swinging on a swing. Or petting a dog. Or being found during hide and seek!
Being young enough to count your age on one hand is a time that should be fun. And when we’re lucky enough to spend time with someone who is having that once-in-a-lifetime experience, we should be thankful. And enjoy it.
Give in to the temptation to keep introducing your kid to new, fun experiences, just to see how she reacts. See if she likes your favorite song as much as you do. Then, enjoy watching her try to clap to the beat. Help her spot tiny cars and huge trucks out on the road. This kind of chat passes the time nicely and builds her skills of identifying things. Let her introduce herself to a new friend – and take pleasure in the sweet sound of your child saying her own name.
It’s a virtuous cycle, actually. The more she gets out of a new experience, the more excited you are to find something else to show her. You both benefit. And most wonderfully, you both grow and deepen your connection through each new adventure together.
Resources for Your 1-Year-Old
Music and art help remind us of the beauty of the world, and your toddler is already excited to explore all about the creative arts.
He’s comfortable playing by himself or with others…although he still relies on you and other familiar adults for social support with new situations and challenges.
As he continues to make sense of his world, he’s learning the basics of numbers, geometry and measurement.
Play & Learning
Your toddler enjoys solitary play, but she’s also exhibiting parallel play skills and enjoys being with others.
Watch as her natural curiosity drives her to figure out how things work. When I turn this knob, water comes out.
Watch him as he watches others. He’s beginning to notice the differences between himself and his playmates, as well as between himself and strangers.
Physical Health & Growth
Your toddler is undergoing a huge transformation – from needy infant to little kid on-the-go!
English & Language Arts
Watch how often she brings you her favorite book. Then, enjoy her antics as she pretends to “read” along
Help paying for child care
Many Indiana families are eligible for financial help paying for early childhood programs. These programs have varying eligibility, but all help families give their children solid educational starts.