Can infants and toddlers show kind behavior?
Yes-kind and caring behavior appears early in life and continues to develop across the lifespan. From 8-18 months, infants can understand and imitate kind behavior. For example, adult instructs: "Be gentle with the baby" and softly strokes baby's cheek and neck. Children ages 2-3 yrs. begin to show empathic behavior, such as comforting a crying peer. They also comply more often with adult requests, such as taking turns, saying "thank you," and helping clean up.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009