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Your child at the age of two to five years undergoes various behaviour transitions, crucial for their development. They experience rapid growth, an increasing need to explore, and a curiosity to understand their emotions and surroundings. In this blog, we will discuss behaviour transitions, common challenges and proven tactics that can help you guide and support your little one through these changes.

Behaviour Transitions in Early Childhood

Your child undergoes a big transition from the toddler stage to a preschooler. It is characterised by newfound independence, the ability to self-express, and the creation of new emotional and social bonds. As your little one develops a sense of self, you will notice their behaviour evolving. It becomes essential for you to understand typical behaviour transitions to provide the care that they need. Let’s take a closer look.

Independence and Autonomy

You may notice your child’s interest in doing things on their own and wanting independence and autonomy. They will try to feed themselves, dress themselves, and will be eager to explore their surroundings. Motivate and encourage them to use their independence within safe limits to facilitate a sense of confidence and self-reliance.

Social Exploration

As your child grows, their social interactions will increase and be more meaningful. You will notice them engaging with their peers while learning new skills like sharing, taking turns, waiting, and cooperating. Remember to cultivate a positive experience for your child through group activities and playdates to support their social development.

Emotional Regulation

At this stage, while your toddler’s tantrums persist, they will also try to understand and regulate their emotions. Your involvement while teaching them coping mechanisms like counting and breathing can help them manage their emotions more effectively.

Transition to Structured Activities

With the toddler to preschooler transition, your child’s playtime becomes more structured with simple instructions, routines, and group activities. This change prepares them for future educational learning.

Emergence of Imaginative Play

Your child will involve themselves in pretend play, enacting imaginary scenarios and incorporating different roles. This sophisticated play helps evolve creativity skills, problem recognizing and solving skills, and the ability to comprehend perspectives.

Beginning of Self-awareness

You will notice your child being able to recognize themselves in the mirror. They’ll understand their preferences for toys, food items, or activities and will communicate them to others. This sense of self-awareness will help them form their identity as they grow.

Cognitive Milestones

Reaching important milestones will be a big part of your child’s life. At this age, their cognitive skills like counting, sorting, and problem-solving will improve and sharpen as they become more curious and eager to learn.

Potty Training

Potty training brings with it life-long changes in your child’s behaviour. They learn the skill of recognizing bodily cues, understanding how to use the toilet, the importance of maintaining hygiene and becoming responsible for their toilet etiquette.

Shift in Sleep Patterns

Your child may begin to nap for longer durations at nighttime or may experience frequent night waking and restlessness. Establishing a consistent nighttime routine will help support and improve their sleep habits.

Increased Curiosity and Questioning

In your child’s preschool years, they’ll become more inquisitive while they ask more questions to understand their surroundings. Encourage their heightened curiosity by expressing support and encouraging them to ask more.

Challenges and Strategies To Manage Children’s Behaviour

Developmental transitions often bring challenges for you and your child. By understanding the various changes, challenges, and possible tactics, you can effectively and efficiently help provide your child with a positive and supportive environment.

Tantrums and Emotional Outbursts

Every child throws tantrums. It is a common challenge you can manage by staying calm and offering comfort and support while teaching your child other ways to express their emotions, like deep breathing or counting. Maintaining consistency in their routine can provide a sense of predictability and emotional stability.

Defiance and Independence Struggles

Defiance may arise as your child begins to assert their independence. You can help set expectations by setting and communicating boundaries while offering them choices within limits. You can also provide positive reinforcement when your child cooperates.

Difficulty Sharing

Sharing is another common challenge that you may notice at this age. You can model the behaviour of sharing and involve your child in activities that include taking turns. Also, praising positive instances of sharing can help motivate your child to share easily.

Attention-Seeking Behaviours

Some children who crave validation may resort to attention-seeking behaviour. If you notice your child yelling, screaming, whining, or raising their voice for no apparent reason, they may be doing it to get your attention. Spend quality time with your child, acknowledge them when they exhibit good behaviour, and let them indulge in activities independently to help them manage their behaviour.

Language-related Frustrations

Not being able to communicate with you can be frustrating for your child. Spend time and bond with them using simple, repetitive words and actions. Encourage them when they communicate verbally and indulge in art or play to communicate and express feelings or emotions. Additionally, actively listen and be patient while your child tries to convey their thoughts.


Your child may use aggression like hitting or biting to express frustration or discomfort. Understanding the trigger for aggressive behaviour can help you choose and implement the right strategies to help them relax and communicate better. Let your child indulge in various physical activities and model peaceful conflict resolution to manage their behaviour.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is often seen in homes where parents go to work, leaving their child with other family members or when the child begins to go to a playschool, leaving their family at home. In this case, before any such change happens, expose your child to short separations and participate in goodbye routines while communicating that you’ll return soon. Help your child build trust and feel secure with other caregivers to help navigate this phase.


As your child grows and experiences changes, they may throw tantrums, get angry, and express themselves in various ways. Understanding their behaviour transitions and challenges while using proper strategies can help you offer an environment that nurtures your child’s skills and abilities. Addressing your child’s behavioural challenges with empathy, patience, positive reinforcement, and love will facilitate these transitions into a positive trajectory!