Advanced 2 year old or pretty normal?

Kerri - posted on 05/16/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I know that around this age their development ranges, but i am just wondering what really is normal for a two year old? My daugther, not quite two and says 4-8 word sentences such as, last night she said "momma, daddy is being rediculous" or " i want to sit on the potty, please" (we are in the middle of potty training) she can count to 10 in english and 5 in spanish just from watching dora, not just saying it but actually counting? And she can sing whole songs that i have sang to her. Is this normal behavior? I have had alot of people including a close friend of mine say oh she's so smart, but yet my friends daughter, who is a few weeks younger than mine, doesn't speak much but has been potty trained since barely over one and knows the colors of everything! so is it just different for each child?

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Kirsten - posted on 06/08/2010

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all children reach the same level in development at around 5 years old, that is why they start school then, till 5 they will do different things at different times depending on the activities they do on a regular basis and the thing they enjoy. Obviously if they like talking more than running they will talk more.

Christy - posted on 05/18/2010

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we also get several comments about my son's verbal skills. It's so fun to watch their development! he says sentences, counts, can identify letters on the fridge, knows all colors and shapes, etc. It's nice to hear about others with verbal toddlers, as I am almost made to feel bad sometimes about how 'advanced' he is, when to us it's just normal. Have fun with your toddlers ladies :)

Kemi-Alicia - posted on 05/18/2010

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Each child IS different and the best thing to do like Christy says is to challenge them or they'd get bored.

My daughter is the same and I thought it was normal too... she started stringing word together at 18 months (she's 2 in june), knows all the animals and we are now working on species, knows numbers 1-10 (counting and recognizing them) and knows the ABC song, can read words like dog, cat, bye, etc. she is not completely potty trained she will only empty her bowels in the potty, the peeing is tricky, she does that half the time in the potty, but she does ask to go potty when she needs help. She can identify her body parts and knows where her brain, heart, kidneys and lungs are (not that she knows what they are lol) we kinda just have fun with her but it helps when she is in pain or hurt, she tells me exactly what's going on.



Other moms ask me what i am doing differently but i think it's important not to compare kids, they are ALL different.



keep it up you super moms!

Kara - posted on 05/17/2010

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I think she sounds very advanced in her langauge skills!! My son says very short little sentences but nothing like hers and he can only count to 3 in english and he knows no spanish!! Whatever you have been doing I would continue! I wouldn't worry about your friends child, all kids do things at different times and they all excel in different areas! My son doesn't have the best speech skills but has great motor skills! He is a great climber, he can do summersaults, skip, ride a bike (with training wheels of course!), play catch, just what ever the big kids are doing!

User - posted on 05/16/2010

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Each child is different...advancement is hard to gauge at this point, but I think you're well-on-your way to having an intelligent child.

My son is almost two and does very similar. We are not yet potty-training (he doesn't understand quite-yet that he controls his bladder), but he also tells me that he wants to go potty too (when I tell him mommy has to go potty).

We're currently working on enunciation, clarification, and 'th', 'sh', and 'f' sounds. We are also working on smaller body-parts elbow, knee, shoulder, ankle, etc.

My only suggestion is to continue to challenge her. Gifted children often develop behavior problems because they become bored. Find what areas she's less gifted in and work on those, or find a hobby she enjoys and allow her to develop that (my son is a drummer and a guitar player because that's what he enjoys).

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JO - posted on 06/09/2010

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all children vary, yes your daughter seems bright,but they all catch up with each other in the end, my Daughter will be 2 on Saturday, she can say 8 word sentences and have a whole conversation with her, she can count to 10 and recognise all her numbers when shown them, and the same with her colours, she sings songs too and knows her shapes square,circle, triangle, star etc. her vocabulary is HUGE and she always surprises me with something new.its great when children are advanced but hard to keep them so stimulated all the time.i work with under 2's and its amazing how every child is different, and aslong as they are happy and Healthy, thats all the matters, all the rest will soon follow

Renee - posted on 06/07/2010

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everyone is diff. and learns different, my daughter will be 2 on Sunday and she speaks like your daughter she can count to 12 in English she knows her shapes colors big and small things as well as all her body parts. She knows 3 words in Italian and we are working on more. But my cousins daughter is like 2 months younger and says 4 words and that's it. So you are doing a great job working with your daughter!

Melissa - posted on 06/04/2010

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your welcome Serene



i saw something on yahoo this morning when i turned my computer on & went online. a 2 year old lil girl has an IQ of 185 & can use big words in sentences. & everything.

PATRICIA - posted on 06/04/2010

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Well she is definitly a little smartie pants! It is hard not to compare you kids to others but I think each one excels in different areas. Mine likes yours is very verbal and I can take her to the park and she can outdo the 5 years olds with climbing things but she is not potty trained where some 2 year olds are, Sooo I guess each kid is special in their own way. Your daughter is very smart!

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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it'd cost some money but its well worth it & since right now your child is young he will pick up on it fast. & muzzy kinda like a kid thing so they really like learning with Muzzy

Serene - posted on 06/03/2010

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Yeah Spanish is the only foriegn language i would perfer my child to learn because it is used all of the time.

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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french really isnt used much uhh i wish i knew how to spell that word of this learning spanish for kids they dont just have spanish & kids seem to do great with it by what it says online. & they watch it on tv

Andrea - posted on 06/03/2010

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every child is different and you should enjoy and praise everything she does. My little girl knows all her letters by sight, colors and counts to twenty. She can tell you every animal you can think of by sight and many other things. I have a couple of friends with children the same age and they are constantly comparing their children to mine (which is really irritating). every child progresses at their own rate and it also depends on what's going on around them. My problem isn't how much she learns or how fast my problem is getting her to potty train LOL. Keep up the good work sounds like she has a lot of interest in learning and a lot of opportunities to do so.

Serene - posted on 06/03/2010

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I work with my son at home with the puzzles and he also goes to preschool. When i enrolled him in school he was put in the one year old room, he was 15 monhs old. He was moved up to the 2 year old room when he was 20 months because he was doing 2 year old things. Now he is in a class room with 32month old and he doing as much stuff as they are or more.

His developmental specialist came out yesterday and tested him again he is testing at 30 months old. I have to keep him busy too. Its really hard now that i am on maternity leave i want to do so much with him before the baby comes but i am due on June 12th and all can do is send him to preschool becasue he gets bored easily. he always wants to go somewhere or do something.

Melissa that is awesome that your daughter knows a foreign language. I would love my son to learn spanish unfortunally we all speak english. But, there is a teacher at my sons school that is going to teach some kids French and i was thinking of him learning that but, how often is it used?

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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ohh ok yea that does help having cuzins that are older that are over alot my daughter has cuzins but none she really plays with & sees. im a S.A.H.M. right now & try working with her with letters & shapes but she doesnt stay still long enough for it & when i do it i do it as a game with her but she doesnt stay still long enough for it.



i can say i sometimes upset or here things bout how someone elses child is advanced & wish my daughter was doing the same. but my daughter will on her own time when shes ready to. she talks spanglish all the time english & spanish she gets both languages everyday if i was fluent in spanish she would get just spanish & get english when we go to my family home or when she starts school or when she starts daycare whenever i find a job at one. its soooooooooo hard learning a 2nd language at my age im glad my daughter will be fluent in it before she goes to Kindergarden i hope.

Sara - posted on 05/30/2010

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I'm a speech pathologist in a school setting and I can tell you that yes kids develop at different rates. Language skills are a big indicator of intelligence, as is how quickly children pick up on things and their problem solving skills. My daughter is 23 months old and we only have to tell her things once for her to get it on most occasions. She isn't speaking in complete sentences yet but is putting 3 words together. She can tell you in random order all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make, about 10 colors, body parts including chin, cheek, forehead, eyebrow, neck, elbow, knee, wrist, ankle, etc, about 15 animal sounds, can sing along to patty-cake, eensie-weensie spider, goin on a bear hunt, twinkle twinkle little star, etc. and can name just about anything in her environment. We're working on numbers and counting although we haven't focused as much on those as we have the alphabet. She was almost fully potty trained at 19 months but she got a UTI and her babysitter was sick all in the same week and we took a huge step backwards so we are working back up to that again.
But at the same time, we went to a friend's house a few weeks ago and their daughter is just a few weeks younger than our daughter and she is only speaking a couple words. However, as stated here previously, when these kids go to kindergarten, most of them will be evened out in skills.

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Keep working with her! I also have an only child so I can never gauge where she is at though everyone tells me she is advanced. She stays home with my husband during the day and with me in the evenings. She knows her colors, shapes, letters and sounds, and can count to 20 in a couple languages, knows parts of her body, animals and sounds they make. She doesn't tell me she has to pee but will say "uh-oh" before peeing or run into another room when she has to poo.

I believe each child develops differently. I think spending time working with and playing with your child is a huge positive. I didn't realize how much my husband and I talked to our daughter until a friend who is an early childhood teacher came over to hang out and commented "Wow! You guys talk to her a lot!" We were surprised too. Everyone also says girls develop faster than boys...

Kerri - posted on 05/23/2010

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Thank you guys for all the comments! its so nice to hear about other children who are developing at the same rate as my own! And Melissa she has no older siblings, just one younger who is actually hitting milestones a little slower than my oldest did. Although during her first year i did watch her older cousins who are 4, 5, and 8 so im sure that has helped tremendously in her development! Serene, how amazing that he is putting together puzzles! We are currently working on shapes and colors which she absolutely loves! But as for the puzzles go, they are just not her forte!

Melissa - posted on 05/22/2010

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does your daughter have older siblings ? that could be another reason why she talks soooo well. my ex-friend her daughter turned 2 Feb 3rd & she talks really good talking in sentences & she has a sister that is 4 years old

Melissa - posted on 05/22/2010

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all kids are different my daughter gets spanish & english everyday & i mean everyday with people at home talking to her & then me with english so i think b/c she is getting both languages at the same time is why she dont say much & when she talks & says lots of stuff its hard to understand her b/c she talks in Spanglish. & she likes talking in spanish better than she does english. that just means i need to get more fluent in the language again. i kno some but not much.

Serene - posted on 05/21/2010

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Sounds like she is gifted. But, all kids learn at there own pace... My son has been developmentally tested at 18 months old and he was considered to be 2 years old because he went beyond and above on his test. He gets tested again when he turns 2.

He talks very well and has a big vocabulary, he counts to ten using his fingers, he can stack over 12 blocks ontop of each other, he can put 10 piece puzzles together, he gets himself dressed and tell me what he is putting on, he recognizes most of his colors and he knows where his body parts are. Lately he has been telling me he has to go potty.. I hope that i can get him potty trained soon.

I dont tell very many people what my son can do either because all children learn at there own pace, but if he is still advanced by the time that he goes to kindergarten i'm going to see if i can get him tested in and start earlier then normal...

Mattie - posted on 05/19/2010

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We met with a development specialist and our daughter is considered "advanced" among her peers. What that means is right now she is ahead but by the time children start kindergarten, they will all have evened out. So the two year old down the street who can't really talk will be evenly matched when they start school. I don't really talk to anyone about our daughters advanced skills to people, because I don't believe in comparing kids either, but when my husband and I talk to each other we gloat gloat gloat!

Kerri - posted on 05/16/2010

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Thank you christy, this was VERY helpful. Quite honestly i have no idea where to start, that is in keepin her busy and occupied she is always on the go needing alot of stimulation. What kind of activities do they have for children this age? Toys and books just aren't doing it for her anymore.

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