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The Second Year of Life, and Beyond
The second year of life, and beyond

The cultural expectations for children's motor development are reflected in the age period description of children. In psychology, such age periodizations are often linked with either levels of motor development (in early childhood), or with socio-institutional embeddedness of the children (for example, ‘kindergarteners’, ‘preschoolers’, ‘3rd graders’).

Children in their second year of life are often referred to as ‘toddlers’. That term is unabashedly English-language centred: no equivalents exist in other major languages. A ‘toddler’ is a little human being who toddles around, still exercising the skills of bipedal walking. In the third year of life, when walking becomes well-established and exploration of language use becomes a major proccupation, we do not have a ...

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