If you’re like me, Christmas is your favorite time of the year—the decorations, the presents, time with family—and the image in your mind of everything going perfectly! This week at Imagine Hope we are continuing to talk about how Christmas looks through your child’s eyes. Today I will be talking about 2 year olds, and how to have appropriate expectations for them this holiday season.
2 Year Olds
As you may have observed already, some 2 year olds are quite frightened or disinterested by Santa Claus. Make sure to take this into account if you plan to sit them on Santa’s lap this year—you may not get the photograph you are hoping for!
You may be surprised to find that your 2 year old is very interested in presents this year—in fact, they may be too interested! They may open a present, and then look around or ask for the next one. Don’t be surprised if they act greedy or selfish—developmentally they are in the “All about me” stage. They will probably be excited about some of the gifts they get, but may not have much interest in who the gift giver is (Santa, grandparents, etc.).
Expect your 2 year old to be very interested in the tree—they may gaze and stare in amazement at the twinkling lights and decorations, as well as try to rearrange them for you :)
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
*Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.