MU Extension MU Extension       University of Missouri    ●    Columbia    ●    Kansas City       Rolla     ●    St. Louis - Adults and Children - Adolescents



Quick Answers...

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




Can't Find Your Question Here? Try Searching Our Quick Answer Knowledge Base

Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009





University of Missouri logo links to

Site Administrator: 
Copyright  ADA  Equal Opportunity

MissouriFamilies is produced by the College of Human Environmental Sciences,
Extension Division, University of Missouri-Columbia