Throughout her second year, your child will swing back and forth constantly between fierce independence and clinging to you. Now that she can walk and do things for herself physically, she has the power to move away from you and test her new skills. But at the same time, she’s not yet entirely comfortable with the idea that she’s an individual, separate from you and everyone else in the world. Especially when she’s tired, sick, or scared, she’ll want you there to comfort her and fend off loneliness.


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