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Health and Fitness

January 8, 2013

Birth to age 2 is a busy time in a child's development


Physically, the 2-year-old is usually unable to sit on the floor “pretzel” style. Instead, she sits with her legs straight out. Hopping or standing on one foot is rarely possible at this stage of development.

While there are hundreds of important things to know about those first two years, I chose just a few examples of emotional, social, mental and physical development.  By 2, a real person with a personality and pattern of behavior is emerging.

You already know his or her favorite word — “NO!”

Carol Hoffman of Dalmatia  is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, teacher, consultant and retired school administrator. She holds a doctorate from Temple University. Email your thoughts, ideas and questions to

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