The toddlers whose language was better, and developed more quickly over time, tended to control the frustration of waiting better as preschoolers, doing things like playing to take their minds off of the gift they were waiting for.
Cole advises talking a lot with toddlers:
“Toddlers, even when they are not speaking or they don’t appear to understand, may be overhearing things and picking up a lot of information.”
The study in the journal Child Development was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: March 13, 2013