Your 2 Year Old Child
Your 2 year old child has reached the stage where now we can explore their world in a slightly different way.
I want to show you how I evaluate and key into certain elements of your child's history as a way to elucidate the underlying factors likely to be contributing to your child's symptoms or challenges.
Even though your 2 year old child's life experience is relatively short, there is a wealth of information contained in it.
My job as a physician is to recognize and piece together certain patterns that give us a more complete picture of what's going on with your child.
I have found that the energy medicine system offers great information as a foundation or framework within which we can explore how your child's system is functioning.
What I means is this: when energy is the common denominator or currency
used to describe your child's system, it becomes much more clear as to how and why your child's system is operating the way it is.
In the heirarchy of energy distribution within your child's system, there is a priority list of tasks your 2 year old child must accomplish.
Many of these are what I call "non-negotiable" because they are required for survival and vital functions.
Certainly we can all agree that internal organ function, nutrition, sleep, etc., are necessary and important energy expenditures for your child.
The rate of growth and development in this age group compounds the energy requirements they have on a daily basis and
this is also a very important category your child's system must pay attention to. As a quick reminder, here is a list of developmental milestones your 2 year old is likely
to be working on.
Your 2 year old child's internal, automatically functioning energy system makes decisions about energy distribution continuously.
In addition, it must follow its own priority list as the most logical and safe way to account for all the functions and needs for your child.
In my experience, it is those extra factors that come into play that make your child's energy expenditure pattern unique to them alone.
Such factors as how they deal with being separated from you as their parent or how they handle a move to a new house; these can greatly influence how they are distributing their energy at any given time.
If there are many high energy expenditures near the top of this priority list, it makes sense that there will be less energy available for those functions lower down on the list.
This list ordered way of thinking about your child's energy system is what I have incorporated into my own evaluation methods.
Because of the intelligence of your child's energy
system, we can assume that any symptoms or outwardly noticeable signs or observations are coming from lower down on the priority list.
This figure shows a typical 2 year old's priority list with percentages of energy distribution shown.
(Please note that this is only an example to illustrate how the energy system seeks to take care of higher priority items first, followed by those functions lower down on the list.)
As you can see, the typical 2 year old is likely to be expending more energy on a category like growth and development rather than on potty training or getting along with their peers.
However, with time and maturation, your child will be able to take care of those higher items with less energy required, and therefore more energy will become available to address and eventually master those activities lower down on the list.
This mechanism of visualizing the energy requirements on your child's list is a valuable way to gain insight and perspective on your child's system.
As I mentioned, this is a strategy I use every day in my practice when I'm seeing kids in my office and it is made
possible by simply being aware of the energy medicine system.
The information on this site is for your educational purposes only, it is not intended as specific medical advice for your child.