Toddlers are people. They may be small. They may have a limited vocabulary. They are immature. But the bottom line is -- they are people. This means they make decisions about what they think they need. Just like you, it is their interpretation of their circumstances that determines how they respond to problems.
If your toddler sees that a sibling has his favorite toy, his immediate interpretation may be that something is very wrong with the world.
Let's put this in perspective. Your toddler thinking he has lost his prized possession may be likened to the concern you have when you can't find your debit card. Was it lost or stolen? Whatever the case may be, getting that card back is now the highest priority. But, suppose your helpful neighbor is visiting and said to you, "Don't worry, the card is just piece of plastic. Don't be stressed. It will probably turn up in a day or two. Get over your worries." You might look at that individual and wonder what planet is she living on.
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